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Brown Bag Presentation on Maternal Health Equity in Indonesia

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

On March 29th, researchers from a TRAction-funded project in Indonesia held a Brown Bag session at URC-CHS headquarters to present findings from their study entitled “Assessment of Health Facility-Based Delivery in Indonesia: A Case Study of Revolusi KIA Program in NTT Province.” 

For the past several years TRAction has funded research in Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Guatemala focused on increasing equitable access to facility delivery. The purpose of the project in Indonesia was to assess the impact of a government program called Revolusi KIA in the Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) Province. The goal of this community-based health program was to enable all mothers to give birth at a health facility, where deliveries are generally safer and where emergency support is available. Researchers conducted a mixed methods study to explore the barriers and facilitators to facility-based delivery in this rural Indonesian province. Identifying these factors will allow health authorities to increase facility-based delivery and to target services to the women who are most in need in an effort to increase equity.

Researchers Jerico Pardosi, Salut Muhidin, and Ina Prasodjo presented at the Brown Bag session.  Dr. Muhidin is a Senior Lecturer in Demography at the Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He has been involved in both research and teaching roles, especially with the Department of Human Geography, for the last five years. Ms. Prasodjo is a senior anthropology researcher and health promotion staff at National Institute of Health Research and Development (NIHRD), Ministry of Health-Indonesia.  Dr. Pardosi was recently appointed Associate Lecturer in the school of public health and community medicine at the University of New South Wales Australia. The researchers presented both quantitative and qualitative findings from the study and responded to questions from URC-CHS staff in attendance.

A statistical analysis revealed that a number of factors significantly increased the probability of a health facility birth including income, living in an urban area, owning insurance, and attending antenatal care. Interviews with women explored barriers and enablers to facility delivery in greater depth.  The interviews demonstrated that tradition and cultural practice, including strong relationships with traditional birth attendants (TBAs) may encourage women to deliver at home instead of in a facility. In addition, husbands play an important role when deciding the delivery location and are often the final decision makers in the care-seeking process.  The researchers concluded that there are still issues of inequity in the NTT province with regards to facility delivery, particularly socioeconomic status and geographical location.  There is a need to modify the Revolusi KIA program in order to increase access to skilled birth attendance for women in impoverished rural areas. 

To learn more about TRAction's work with health equity click here.


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