The question of how will Indonesia rebound from a collapse of its health care system after a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic will be one of many questions at this year’s Indonesia Update from 15-17 September.
Hosted by The Australian National University (ANU), the conference will examine how Indonesia’s health system has dealt with the many challenges it faces and, more importantly, what Indonesia needs to do to ensure faster progress.
Indonesia Update convener from the ANU Indonesia Project, Dr Firman Witoelar Kartaadipoetra, said although Indonesia has made significant health improvements during the last six decades, it is somewhat misleading to report that the pandemic has unmasked vulnerabilities in their health system.
“Many of the chronic problems including gaps in health infrastructure, the availability and quality of health workers, inequities in access to health care, to name a few, have been apparent for a while,” he said.
“The pandemic is not so much a wake-up call to warn about the existing problems as it is a clarion call for action.
“We hope the diverse perspectives and case studies offered by expert panelists in the Update can help identify potential avenues for Indonesia to tackle the serious trials brought by COVID-19 and to get back on track.”
The event will also address crucial questions related to nutrition and epidemiological transitions, and the attempt to offset income and health care inequalities in the country.
The Indonesia Update will begin with an opening address from ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt and Minister for International Development and the Pacific Senator The Hon Zed Seselja.
This online event is held over three half-days from 1pm – 5pm AEST (10am – 2pm WIB).
Conveners: Firman Witoelar Kartaadipoetra from The Australian National University and Ariane Utomo from The University of Melbourne.
Please see the complete list in the conference program.
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