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Promoting health through the life course

Indonesia's disaster agency says forest fire threat to escalate

Indonesia`s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) has warned of an escalating threat of forest fires with the dry season expected to peak in coming months. Fires had spread to around 64 hectares (158 acres) of fields and forests in Aceh, a northern province on the island of Sumatra, producing haze and some residents had been taken to hospital due to breathing problem, the agency said. "The peak of the dry season is predicted to be in August and September, so the threat of forest and field fires, and drought will escalate," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for BNPB, said

July 25, 2017

Female clerics declare fatwa on child marriage in Indonesia

Female clerics in Indonesia issued an unprecedented fatwa against child marriage in the country in a bid to stop young girls becoming brides. The fatwa came at the end of a three-day conference of female clerics: a rare example of women assuming a lead role in religious affairs in this mostly Muslim country. ‘Maternal mortality is very high in Indonesia so we as female clerics must play a lead role on this issue and not just wait for the government to protect these children’

April 27, 2017

One third of Indonesian women suffer abuse, prompting UN calls for action

One third of Indonesian women have faced physical or sexual violence, according to new government data, prompting calls by a UN agency for urgent action to protect women. The government’s first national survey on violence against women showed 33% of women between the ages of 15-64 – around 26 million people – said they faced abuse in their lives. Cases of violence are most common among women who have received a higher education and those who live in an urban area

April 12, 2017
Trust.org, Straits Times

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Dealing with increasing cases of monkey malaria in humans

There are increasing reports of monkey malaria, most of which are due to P. knowlesi, and which has established itself as the fifth Plasmodium species that infects humans. It has not been determined whether P. knowlesi is naturally transmitted from one human to another by the mosquito, without the natural intermediate host (monkeys). As such, P. knowlesi is still considered a zoonotic infection. There were 4,553 and 204 cases reported from Sabah and Sarawak, and Peninsular Malaysia from 2004 to 2016 respectively. The infection has also been reported in Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and China with 465, 37, 33, six, five, three, one and one cases respectively

June 25, 2017

Indonesia: 80 percent of children infected with dengue by age 10

Indonesia has one of the highest burdens of dengue fever in the world, and children account for many cases. Well over half of all children in urban areas are infected with dengue by the age of 5, and more than 80 percent have been infected with the virus at least once by age 10, researchers reported in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

June 17, 2017
Outbreak News Today
June 15, 2017
Science Daily

Cempaka Putih most affected by dengue in Central Jakarta

The Central Jakarta municipality is urging the Cempaka Putih administration to make a more concerted effort to reduce the risk of dengue fever in Central Jakarta, after the district recorded the most cases in Central Jakarta for the second consecutive time. There were 31 dengue cases in the district in January and the Central Jakarta municipality is calling for a renewed eradication effort

March 8, 2017
Jakarta Post

Half of 4.3 million undocumented TB cases in India, Indonesia,

The World Health Organization said that India, Indonesia and Nigeria accounted for almost half of the estimated 4.3m cases of tuberculosis worldwide that were not documented by health authorities in 2015

March 8, 2017
DNA India

Non communicable diseases

Tobacco consumption epidemic reaches alarming level

The epidemic of tobacco consumption has reached alarming levels in Indonesia, where more than one-third of the country population are smokers. The fast rising number of cases of non-communicable diseases caused by tobacco consumption now pose a serious threat to the sustainability of the National Health Security Programme in Indonesia, the health minister said. Some 20% of teenagers between the ages of 13 and 15 smoke and unhealthy lifestyles of smoking, alcoholic drinks and sugary drinks are creating a slow burning health crisis in the country

May 16, 2017