Strengthening the Indonesia's Health Policy Network to Promote Equity and Social Protection

Despite sustained economic growth and efforts to expand universal health coverage in Indonesia, many poor people still have little or no access to proper healthcare services. Indeed, healthcare provision remains uneven and of poor quality, especially in the eastern part of the country.

The Ministry of Health has implemented new policies and programs to improve coverage and quality of care in disadvantaged areas by increasing financial and human resources. However, it's not known whether these policies are effective in improving service delivery and reducing socio-economic and geographic disparities in health. Answering these questions will require enhanced local research capacity and national collaboration to enable greater understanding of health policy and financing issues.

The Indonesia Health Policy Network was established in 2010 among Indonesian universities and research institutes to conduct research on poverty, health financing, and equity in health care, and to make that research more accessible to policymakers. This project will support the network by building the capacity of its member institutes and individual researchers and their impact on formulating health financing policy. It will do this by:

- conducting comparative research;
- providing competitive research grants to member institutions;
- organizing training for researchers;
- holding national workshops for researchers and policymakers;
- helping members organize forums on locally relevant issues; and
- publishing and disseminating research findings

The project will share research results on the network's website and in reports, policy briefs, and articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Indonesian Journal of Health Policy. It will also share them in seminars and workshops that bring policymakers and researchers together. The project will build the research capacity of institutions throughout the network, especially from remote areas and the eastern part of Indonesia. It will foster collaboration between policymakers and researchers to promote equity and social protection. Overall, it will result in a stronger Indonesian Health Policy Network that can become the primary source of evidence to inform priority setting and decision-making about health equity.

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Start Date

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

End Date

Saturday, December 20, 2014


24 months

IDRC Officer

Ingabire, Marie-Gloriose

Total funding

CA$ 304,900


Far East Asia, Indonesia, Central Asia, South Asia


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Laksono Trisnantoro


Universitas Gadjah Mada

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