Indonesia Health Services Program (HSP)

Dates: 2005-2010

Country: Indonesia

Client(s): USAID

Service: Program Development

Technical Expertise: Newborn and Child Health , Emergency Preparedness, Social and Behavior Change, Health Systems Strengthening, Maternal Health

The Health Services Program (HSP) improved the health of women and children in priority districts in Indonesia and strengthened the link between elected officials, health providers, and the communities they serve. The program was designed to reduce mortality among mothers, newborns, and children, and to improve health facilities which deliver basic human services. HSP provided technical assistance to government counterparts, related agencies, and NGOs on the implementation of an integrated package of evidence-based interventions to improve maternal, newborn and children health at the district level.

Part of USAID's Basic Human Services Package, HSP was supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Indonesia and was implemented between 2005 and 2010.

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. partnered with the University of Indonesia - Center for Family Welfare (PUSKA-UI), Abt Associates, Inc., The Manoff Group, Inc., and Mercy Corps to implement the program. Between October 2009 and September 2010 JSI also worked with PUSKA-UI in Malang and Pasuruan districts, intensifying its integrated services and documenting the effects and lessons of its various evidence-based interventions.

The Health Services Program implemented maternal, newborn, and child health interventions at the district level, and worked with health facilities, NGOs, and community organizations as well as the private commercial sector. The Program established strong coordination mechanisms with other donors and USAID-funded programs that helped maintain consistency in program approaches.

HSP strengthened health systems by assisting districts to improve planning, budgeting and management of their own programs using evidence-based data. HSP trained more than 7,000 providers in maternal, newborn, and child health and reached more than half a million children with nutrition messages. These initiatives were tailored to the needs of individuals and communities.

The project also addressed new and emerging health issues, such as avian influenza, and provided significant support after the 2004 tsumani. HSP also harnessed the commercial sector, developing public-private partnerships with companies like Johnson & Johnson to support midwifery training through the Bidan Delima program and other MNCH activities.

Watch a video produced by the Health Services Program created to train midwives on how to promote early breastfeeding among the new mothers they treat


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