Indonesia is a widespread country with over 17,000 islands and a population of almost 240 million people. Although Indonesia is a so called middle income country, almost half of the population lives on less than 2 USD/day. 32 million people live below the poverty line and there is a wide disparity in the ‘have’s’ and ‘have-nots’.
- Capital: Jakarta
- Under-five mortality rate: 35 per 1,000
- Maternal mortality rate: 220 per 100,000
- Life expectancy (M/F): 66 / 71
- Adolescent fertility rate (girls aged 15-19 years): 52 per 1,000
- Proportion of population without access to improved drinking water-sources: 18%
- Proportion of population without access to improved sanitation: 46%
Source: World Health Statistics 2012, WHO
Simavi's strategic focus for Indonesia
Simavi’s started its work in 1925 in Indonesia and initial supported small medical initiatives. Now local NGO partner organizations receive direct support mainly in the area of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Simavi is active involved in promoting national STBM policy and provide technical assistance and will ensure that 750,000 people will have access to sanitation and hygiene knowledge by the end of 2014 in collaboration with Government departments, local NGOs and other stakeholders.
The country’s maternal mortality rate is high and as of 01 January 2013 Simavi will work with RutgersWPF, IPPF and Dance4Life under SRHR ASK programme. This programma will improve access, skills and knowledge of young people and women to safe motherhood and SRHR services.