Key Government Partners Commit to Collaboration for Health Security in Indonesia
On March 16, 2017, five government ministries in Indonesia affirmed their commitment to a One Health approach to address health security threats and outlined areas for joint action at a One Health Seminar held in Jakarta. The event, organized by FAO and supported by USAID, convened high-level officials and representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, and Coordinating Ministry of Human Development and Culture with the objective of advancing a multilateral, multisectoral One Health approach to the prevention, detection, and response to threats to human and animal health, such as highly pathogenic infectious diseases or anti-microbial resistance (AMR).
Since 2014, Indonesia has been a member of the Global Health Security Agenda and in 2016, a lead country on the GHSA zoonotic disease action package with Vietnam. In his opening remarks, Hon. Hari Priyono, Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, emphasized the country’s commitment.
“Global health security is a shared responsibility that cannot be achieved by a single actor or sector of government,” said the Secretary General. “Its success depends upon collaboration among the health, security, environment and agriculture sectors, using a One Health approach.”
The seminar had a thematic focus on the threat posed by anti-microbial resistance (AMR) to public health, food security, and development progress overall – a prime example of a global health issue that cannot be solved by a single sector alone. Presenters and panel discussions raised the opportunities and promise of One Health as a holistic approach, but also noted the practical challenges of improving coordination and information sharing between the human health, animal health and environmental sectors.
Mr. Brian McFeeters, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy to Indonesia, underscored the need for “formal and informal mechanisms and structures for making and implementing decisions [on health security], which takes effort and time.” Dr. Naahli Kelsum, Assistant Deputy for Diseases Prevention and Response from the Coordinating Ministry of Human Development and Culture, highlighted ongoing efforts by the Ministry and other government stakeholders, and supported by USAID Preparedness and Response (P&R) project, to institutionalize One Health and sustain multisectoral stakeholder collaboration for short- and long-term public health and food security. Dr. Naahli called all seminar participants to action. “[One Health] is not just a concept – now we need to implement.”
Key stakeholders further affirmed their commitment to greater collaboration for health security in the issuance of a joint communique to media outlets and the general public, entitled, “Implementation of the One Health Approach in Indonesia with special emphasis on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).” This joint communique and One Health Seminar generated significant coverage by local news outlets including the Jakarta Globe, Kompas, and Antara News.