In June 2017, MSF signed a memorandum of understanding with the national Ministry of Health to look at strategies to increase access to confidential reproductive healthcare services tailored to the specific needs of young people in the critical gap between childhood and adulthood.
The project in Pandeglang, a district in Banten province, which is located around four hours west of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, is aimed at improving the quality of service provision, awareness and access to healthcare for adolescents. The project is in its set-up phase and will open in early 2018.
In Jakarta, MSF is working with the local health authorities to improve access to healthcare services and encourage health-seeking behaviour, particularly among young people in the fishing villages and towns on the Thousand Islands, an archipelago north of Jakarta. The initial intervention in late 2017 focused on sexual and reproductive health education for school children and teachers, and will be continued throughout 2018.
Also in 2017, a team from MSF and the University of Oslo facilitated workshops on the management of methanol poisoning in Jakarta, Surabaya and Yogyakarta. Methanol poisoning is a nationwide issue in Indonesia, where spirits sometimes contain the substance, which can cause serious health problems.
The workshops highlight new approaches in detection, diagnosis and treatment of methanol poisoning, as well as building awareness of the scale and magnitude of the problem at national level and the need for specialised medical care for the condition.
Following a severe earthquake in Pidie Jaya in Aceh province, Sumatra, in late 2016, MSF continued providing support, predominantly mental healthcare, to affected communities into the early part of 2017.