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Indonesia Launches Guidelines to Control and Reduce Infectious Disease Outbreaks

March 2018

Speakers at the One Health Guidelines launch in Yogyakarta.

On February 13, 2018, Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture (Kemenko PMK) launched One Health Coordination Guidelines to prevent and reduce the impact of emerging infectious diseases. The event was held at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta with support from P&R. Representatives from key ministries were present, including Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Disaster Management Agency.

Ryan Washburn, Acting Mission Director of USAID Indonesia, in opening remarks, called the guidelines an instrument and policy reference for coordinating activities among relevant stakeholders in the preparedness for and response to ‘non-natural’ disasters, both at national and local levels. “For more than ten years, the U.S. Government through USAID has been working with the Government of Indonesia to improve capacity in human health, animal health and the environment. We are proud that our support has increased cross sectoral capacity in managing avian influenza and other emerging infectious diseases,” said Washburn.

The guidelines clarify roles, responsibilities, and lines of communication between and across relevant agencies and sectors at the provincial level in the event of a disease outbreak and were launched following years of development and testing with multiple provincial governments in Indonesia and other relevant agencies. Gadjah Mada’s academic community will have the opportunity to provide inputs and recommendations through their One Health Collaborating Center and Kemenko PMK.

Dr. Pambajun Setyaningastuti, Head of Yogyakarta Health Agency, also gave remarks, on behalf of Yogyakarta’s Governor and called for an integrated approach to human and animal health in the social and environmental context. “To face the complexity of zoonosis threats is expected, but all parties should not neglect the relationship between humans, animals, farms and wildlife, social and ecological environment,” he said.

P&R and the Australian Indonesia Partnership for Emerging Infectious Disease will collaborate to extend the roll out of these guidelines across all 34 of Indonesia’s provinces in the next quarter and as part of P&R’s commitment to support government efforts to improve preparedness and response to disease outbreaks. Timely sharing of information across sectors and among actors and coordinated actions will provide for effective response to an outbreak and reduce the negative health and socioeconomic impact.

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