Posted in: Public health

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.

With Covid-19 cases soaring, Indonesia recruits thugs to enforce health protocols

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Moh Zaki Arrobi writes that the decision of the Indonesian military (TNI) and National Police to work with social organisations and gangsters to enforce health protocols is a new manifestation of an old practice.

How to fix Indonesia’s Covid-19 governance problem

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The Indonesian government’s poorly coordinated response to Covid-19 indicates an urgent need for reform, write SMERU’s Jimmy Daniel Berlianto Oley and Rendy Adriyan Diningrat.

Community responses to HIV during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Amalia Handayani, Benjamin Hegarty, Ignatius Praptoraharjo and Sandeep Nanwani write that HIV outreach workers have had to dramatically alter their work practices in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Budget politics in Indonesia’s Covid-19 response

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Repeated amendments, growing tensions between the centre and the regions and a lack of public consultation appear to be part of the ‘new normal’ for Indonesia’s budget in 2020. But is there a better way? Akhmad Misbakhul Hasan dives into the politics of economic recovery from the pandemic.

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