Indonesia, home to 275 million people, has seen significant economic growth in the last two decades, but over half of this population lives on less than US$2 a day. Total health expenditure remains low as a percentage of gross domestic product and maternal and newborn mortality are high, particularly in relation to the region. Yet, opportunities exist to advance Indonesia's health indicators through the national implementation of an ambitious universal healthcare plan, introduced in 2014. Coverage is currently provided to 121 million people—nearly 75 percent of whom have their premium payments subsidized by the government—and the government has pledged to cover all citizens by 2019. Policymakers, media, civil society, and the private sector have an opportunity to better coordinate on moving this health agenda forward. Indonesia has a robust private sector with a large and savvy social media platform that could be tapped to generate investments in innovative solutions to reduce maternal and newborn deaths. The country also has an increasingly vibrant civil society and media presence that could take on a greater role in policy advocacy, accountability, and transparency for improvements in maternal and newborn health.
What We Do
HP+ is working with government and key stakeholders to expand healthcare in Indonesia, especially in the area of maternal and newborn health (MNH). We are
- Working to assess Indonesia's private sector market in order to understand what private sector players are currently operating in the market and which private actors could be induced to operate in the private sector to improve MNH.
- Conducting a civil society analysis to identify civil society organizations (CSOs) currently working on social engagement in health, and determine what type of CSO commitment is needed to promote and better understand the role of CSOs, media, and academia in governance and accountability toward improving MNH.