Indonesia must work to empower women in order to improve maternal health standards

Published on July 4, 2012 at 6:51 AM · No Comments

Though Indonesia is "widely seen as a development success story -- indeed, it is sometimes referred to as one of Asia's 'rising powers' ... in the area of maternal health, the successes have been modest and much remains to be done," Andrew Rosser, associate director of the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre at the University of Adelaide, writes in an Inside Indonesia opinion piece. "Indonesia is on track to meet many of these goals," including those related to poverty, child nutrition and mortality, education, and tuberculosis and malaria, "[b]ut it is well off track when it comes to goals related to maternal health," he states. The country also is "failing to meet its targets on the use of modern methods of contraception and reducing the 'unmet need' for family planning -- that is, the proportion of couples who want to limit the number of children they have but do not have access to contraception," Rosser notes.

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