Health and Nutrition

Striving to improve maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition, we utilize our global resources to address constraints to improved health in disadvantaged areas. This is done by increasing community knowledge and the capacity of health care providers, upgrading facilities, and improving caretaker behavior. We also address child malnutrition by identifying local solutions for nutritious foods and health services to children in impoverished areas including improvement of agricultural livelihoods for long term household food security. We do this by revitalizing posyandu (village health posts), promoting proper feeding practices, and improving caretaker nutrition practices. We work with local governments to ensure appropriate resource allocation and use, and advocate for changes in key national-level policies.

Maternal and Newborn Survival

Newborn and child mortality remains high in Indonesia. We train parents, caretakers, community health workers, midwives, nurses and doctors on a range of critical newborn survival and child health topics. This includes increasing the quality of hygiene and hand washing practices among health facility staff, village midwives, and traditional birth attendants for better delivery and postnatal care.

We work to improve the skills of health workers, and the service delivery, physical infrastructure and management in first and second level health facilities (puskesmas and district hospitals). This is done through increasing the effectiveness of referral systems between communities, health centers and hospitals.

Child Health and Nutrition

More than one-third of Indonesian children under the age of five are chronically malnourished, which hinders their long-term development. Save the Children addresses this by revitalizing posyandu or village health posts and providing capacity building programs for community health volunteers in basic maternal and child health services. We also provide the posyandu with materials and equipment and strengthen their linkages to government health providers.

We promote improved health and nutrition behavior among caretakers, support agricultural livelihoods, and raise public awareness of proper infant and young child feeding