Posted in: Public health

Between punishment and rehabilitation: the government’s half-hearted approach to drug use

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More than half of inmates in Indonesian prisons are drug convicts. It is hard to imagine how the Ministry of Law and Human Rights can provide rehabilitation services for them all.

Mandatory vaccination will not solve Indonesia’s Covid-19 problem

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Rather than penalising individuals who refuse vaccination, the Indonesian government would be better off actively engaging with the public and examining why scepticism around the Covid-19 vaccine remains prevalent.

Indonesia is betting on CoronaVac in its fight against Covid-19. But will it work?

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Indonesia has moved quickly to set up a national program to vaccinate against Covid-19. But it faces major challenges in vaccinating the population in a timely and effective manner.

Talking Indonesia: Covid-19 and the vaccine

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What are the challenges involved with vaccinating Indonesia's large and diverse population against Covid-19? Is the government taking the right approach? Will the CoronaVac vaccine do the job? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Dr Ines Atmosukarto in the first episode of Talking Indonesia for 2021.

Does Indonesian policy on Covid-19 vaccination discriminate against the elderly?

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The government’s Covid-19 vaccination program is initially focusing on ‘productive’ adults aged 18-59. This will put vulnerable elderly populations at risk.

Healers, shamans and black magic: the complicated picture of mental health treatment in Indonesia

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Understanding the cultural baggage of mental health is essential to creating strategic policy on the issue and ensuring that sufferers receive effective and timely treatment, writes PPH Atma Jaya researcher Devika.

Is Indonesia’s health system prepared for peak Covid-19?

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As case numbers continue to climb, Indonesia is yet to see the worst of the pandemic. How will its health system fare? Tri Aktariyani and Putu Eka Andayani take a look at the system’s preparedness.

Invisible citizens

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Many vulnerable community members lack formal or legal identity, write Associate Professor Linda Rae Bennett and Setiyani Marta Dewi, meaning that they cannot access government social assistance programs implemented in response to Covid-19.

Home schooling exacerbates inequalities. More options are needed for reopening schools

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More options are needed to safely open schools and address students’ diverse needs, write Arjuni Rahmi Barasa and Shintia Revina.

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