WHO, in collaboration with partners, conducted the Orientation of Rabies Control Programme for 55 healthcare workers from 10 districts at West Nusa Tenggara. The programme ran for four days, from 19th to 22nd March 2019 with the objective to raise awareness and improve knowledge of healthcare workers on rabies control.
Between 4th and 7th April 2019, WHO and FAO conducted a multisectoral meeting and Joint Risk Assessment (JRA) as part of the Rabies outbreak response in West Nusa Tenggara. Representatives from various sectors of the provinces and districts participated in the meeting to formulate recommendations and develop a detailed operational plan for rabies control based on risk characterization in their respective provinces and districts. All participating stakeholders committed to contribute towards rabies control in a One Health approach.
Indonesian Ministry of Health leads polio partners to rapidly protect children from poliovirus in Papua and West Papua
After more than 13 years poliovirus has again been detected in Indonesia. The Ministry of Health, Indonesia, supported by Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners like WHO, UNICEF, Rotary and CDC are leading the response to protect children like Merina who live in Yahukimo district, in the highlands of Papua, where the poliovirus has been found.
To stop the spread of the virus which can paralyze and in rare circumstances kill unvaccinated children, at least two rounds of supplementary immunization targeting all children 0 to under-fifteen years of age are being conducted in Papua and West Papua provinces.
Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance, the disease surveillance network that enables the country to rapidly detect circulating poliovirus is being strengthened across the country.
The National Institute of Health Research and Development (NIHRD) along with the Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control, and Ministry of Health (MoH) conducted Indonesia’s first nationwide TB Drug Resistance Survey (DRS) in 2018 across 40 districts in 12 provinces.
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