H.E. Dr. Boediono
Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia
At the Secretary General’s Launch of a Joint Effort
On Women’s and Children Health
New York, 14 April 2010
Excellency Mr. Secretary General,
Excellency President of Tanzania,
Excellency Prime Minister of Norway,
First of all, I should like to express my highest appreciation to the Secretary-General for having initiated this important gathering.
Clearly, in the midst of the global financial crisis and other international agenda, we need to remain focused and indeed intensify the momentum in our common efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Of all the targets MDGs, MDGs 4 and 5 - Reduce Child Mortality and Improve Maternal Health - are in desperate need for fresh political momentum, and as we all know they play a critical role in breaking down the cycle of poverty in developing countries.
Moreover, the MDG 4 and 5 are an important link in achieving all of the other MDGs.
Indonesia notes that child mortality worldwide has decreased significantly. Yet,we still need to strive for better outcomes in maternal mortality.
The Government of Indonesia will continue to our efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality through health system reform. This involves a two-pronged approach.
First, to increase the quantity and quality of health care services.
We are revitalizing primary health care at health center level. We have also strengthened the capacity of District Health offices in order to provide better health care.
We are increasing the health budget and improving health financing. And we are increasing availability and affordability of drugs and medical devices.
Second, to increase access of public health care services by enhancing community participation.
We have implemented free health care for the poor. We have increased access to health services and equal distribution as well as improve competencies of health providers.
Moreover, we have provided operational cost support for community health centers. Within the context of this reform, we have been establishing good governance practices by implementing bureaucratic reform at all levels and been enhancing coordination between the central and local governments.
And we also consider it important to promote public-private and multi-stakeholders partnerships. The public should also be provided with appropriate health information through public campaigns and advocacy.
This year will be an important year to build up momentum for MDG 4 and 5, both of which will be the key agenda to some other important global meetings such as G8 Summit, World Health Assembly and the UN MDG Summit.
To help advance these goals, Indonesia looks forward to host the Special Ministerial Meeting on MDGs for Asia Pacific in Jakarta, 3 – 4 August 2010.
The meeting will be an opportunity for Asia and the Pacific Region to identify achievement, challenges, gap, obstacles as well as recommendations to achieve the MDGs in 2015 and even beyond.
It is our hope that the meeting in Jakarta can provide substantive inputs for the 2010 High Level Plenary Meeting on MDGs September 2010.
And Indonesia reaffirms our commitment and determination to working with all stake-holders to reach MDG 4 and 5 and all the goals of MDG in the years to come.
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