Project HOPE has a long history of helping the people of Indonesia, beginning in 1960 when the maiden voyage of the SS HOPE brought care and health education to the country. Over the years, Project HOPE programs in Indonesia have focused on medical professional training and the health of women and children. Some notable past HOPE programs in Indonesia have included a pediatric critical care/intensive care nursing certification program in 1986, a midwives and physicians training program in 1989 and a formal biomedical engineering training program in Bali started in the late 1990’s.
When Indonesia was devastated by the Indian Ocean Tsunami in late 2004, HOPE responded by sending more than 200 medical volunteers with the U.S. Navy on a humanitarian mission to help in the aftermath and donating more than $7 million in medical supplies and medicines. Project HOPE helped to rebuild the health system in Aceh and Nias by providing humanitarian sssistance and long-term maternal and child health projects in Banda Aceh, Nagan Raya and Aceh Barat districts from 2005 until 2010. At the conclusion of the program almost all maternal and child health indicators increased compared to baseline, and the project successfully handed over to local government who sustained program activities using the government budget.
Starting in 2012 Project HOPE implemented a maternal health program in five factories in Java, reaching over 11,000 women with health services and education. This model, linking public services with privately owned factories, has been praised by the national Ministry of Health for improving health care access. The project resulted in improvements in women’s health knowledge and behavior, such as a doubling in the percentage of women who understand what anemia is and in the percentage who are taking iron tablets to prevent it. The Ministry of Health is interested in scaling up the approach nationally. Also in Java, since 2012 we have been working with the Serang District Health Office to improve access to skilled maternal and newborn care in communities to reduce the high maternal and newborn mortality rates. The project is training Health Center staff for Basic Obstetric and Newborn Emergency Care certification to make it possible for women to safely deliver in a facility near to home, thus averting deaths due to delays in reaching care. Many improvements have occurred, such as an increase from 59% to 87% of women giving birth with a skilled health provider.
Project HOPE has had excellent results with the Saving Lives at Birth program.
Here is another example of how the Saving Lives at Birth program is working in Indonesia.
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