Support for Advancement of Community Empowerment in the Field of Health by Astellas Asia-Oceania Foundation in East Indonesia

Collaborating with the Health Promotion Center of the Ministry of Health, Republic of Indonesia (MoH), Astellas Asia-Oceania Foundation (AAOF) supported the implementation of Community Empowerment Facilitator Training in the Field of Health.

 The Health Promotion Center is a working unit that performs community empowerment and health promotion, with output indicators such as Clean and Healthy Behaviour Household (PHBS), Active Alert Village and numbers of active Poskesdes (Pos Kesehatan Desa/Village Health Post). An adequate capacity increment in quantity and quality of the Facilitators of Community Empowerment in the field of health is deemed fundamental in order to achieve the target of 80% Village and Active Allert Village by the year of 2015.

The collaboration between AAOF and MoH comprises of funding for 3 batches of training held in 2013 and 2014, attended by participants from  3 provinces in East Indonesia (West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku).  The participants are Health Promotion Officers of District Health Office/City, Community Empowerment Officers of District / City Community Empowerment Board , and Implementor of Community Empowerment from International Non-Governmental Organizations.

The first batch of training was held on March 31st – April 4th, 2013 at Lombok’s Grand Legi Hotel and attended by 29 participants.   The first batch focused on sanitation issue (using  clean water, washing hands with soap in running water, using  healthy toilet and eradicate mosquitos larva in the house), which is an indicator of Clean and Healthy Behavior in the household.

The second batch of training was held on June 30 – July 4th, 2013, also at Lombok’s Grand Legi Hotel and attended by 29 participants. This time, the focus is more on mother and children health issue, such as child birth assisted by health practitioner, exclusive breastfeeding, and monthly baby weighing.

The third batch of training is due to be held on 2014, its schedule not yet confirmed.