Category: Public health

Why has the Indonesian response to Covid-19 been so ineffective? How can disagreements over its management be resolved? Dr Dirk Tomsa discusses these issues and more with Dr Riris Andono Ahmad in Talking Indonesia.

Modelling indicates an urgent need for action by the government, health authorities, and the public, writes Ben Phillips

Scholars have said China had an “authoritarian advantage” in responding to SARS in 2002-2003. But Robertus Robet writes that in the case of Covid-19, there appears to be no such advantage.

Calls are growing for the government to ban the post-Ramadan exodus to the regions (mudik) to prevent further spread of Covid-19. But as Dr Belinda Spagnoletti writes, mudik is also an important safety net for those living in precarity.

What are the barriers for LGBT Indonesians to access basic services, including health care, and what are the implications if they are left behind? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Ignatius Praptoraharjo in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

President Joko Widodo’s focus on the economy led him to initially ignore the seriousness of the coronavirus threat, writes Ahmad Syarif Syechbubakr.

Ravando Lie looks at what lessons the colonial government’s experience with the 1918 Spanish Flu could provide for Indonesia as it struggles to get on top of Covid-19.

The president is signalling a shift in energy policy away from coal, but mining for the resource shows no signs of slowing. Article 33’s Santoso gives a closer view of what the practice is costing communities on the ground.

A laughable claim about the danger of falling pregnant in swimming pools raises serious concerns about the state of adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Indonesia, writes SurveyMETER’s Dwi Oktarina

In a disease outbreak like coronavirus, who should the public trust? Conversely, how can the government show that it is a trustworthy source of information? Krishna Hort, Angus Campbell and Tiara Marthias look at the challenges of health communication.

Hoaxes, misinformation, conspiracy theories, racism, widespread panic and jokes and memes. Wisnu Prasetya Utomo takes a look at how Indonesian netizens have responded to the coronavirus epidemic.

Rizanna Rosemary and Ratri Ciptaningtyas examine an important factor rarely acknowledged as contributing to high rates of stunting in Indonesia – smoking.