In 2012, Indonesia had 287 PPIA facilities.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s health ministry has launched the Action Plan for the Acceleration of Maternal Mortality Rate Reduction (RAN PPAKI) 2013-2015 in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

The ministry has also launched the Action Plan for the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (RAN PPIA) 2013-2017, and produced a pocket book on Maternal Health Services in Basic and Referral Health Facility, said Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi in a statement on Thursday evening.

These action plans outline various health programmes and serve as references for other plans of action at the central and local levels.

The pocket book contains guidance for paramedics on providing basic and referral healthcare services, including midwifery, early detection of midwifery complications, and emergency handling.

Based on the Indonesian Health and Demographic Survey 1990-2007, the country`s maternal mortality rate is predicted to reach 161 per 100 thousand live births by 2015, as opposed to the MDG target of 102 per 100 thousand live births.

RAN PPAKI focuses on three strategies and seven main programmes, including cross-sectoral partnership between the government and private sectors and rural mother and child healthcare services.

The three strategies are improvement of coverage and quality of maternal healthcare services; enhancement of the regional government`s role toward regulations supporting the healthcare programmes; and empowerment of families and communities.

RAN PPIA is necessary because in more than 90 percent of the cases in which babies were infected with HIV, mothers were responsible for the transmission of the disease.

In 2012, Indonesia had 287 PPIA facilities, including 106 hospitals and 191 community health centres, said the health minister.

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