Friday, 22 March 2019 | 01:17 WIB

Indonesia and Netherlands Implement Collaboration on Health

Indonesia and Netherlands Implement Collaboration on Health (pacto)

DEN HAAG, NNC - The delegates from the Health Ministries of Indonesia and the Netherlands have agreed to accelerate the implementation of the Health Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on November 6, 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali. The agreement was reached at the First Indonesian-Dutch Joint Working Group (JWG) Meeting in The Hague on 7-8 March 2019.

The two Delegates agreed to organize concrete activities in the area of ​​cooperation in health system strengthening, especially support for the Primary Services Doctor program, control of infectious diseases including antimicrobial resistance, global health security, and other areas of cooperation that are of mutual interest.

This was stated in the draft "Joint Action Plan for the Implementation of MOU on Health Cooperation Indonesia-the Netherlands 2019-2023".

In his remarks, the Chairperson of the Indonesian Ministry of Health Delegation, Head of the Bureau of Foreign Cooperation, Acep Somantri, SIP, MBA, emphasized the importance of developing a Joint Action Plan to guide the joint commitment to implement health cooperation between the two countries.

"The Joint Action Plan encourages the synergy of relevant stakeholders in both countries to optimize the implementation and benefits of Indonesia-Netherlands health cooperation through concrete programs," said Acep Somantri, as the NNC received a written statement on Sunday (03/10/2019).

In the same spirit, Chair of the Dutch Delegation, Director of the International Cooperation of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, Mr. Herbert Barnard, encouraged the active role of all parties in fulfilling the ambitions of the MOU.

The two Delegates further agreed that several proposals for collaborative activities are contained in the Joint Action Plan Document.

The Joint Action Plan document contains the development of primary service doctor programs in Indonesia, including the development and strengthening of policy aspects and teaching staff capacity of primary service doctors; development of Sister Hospital cooperation programs for collaborative cancer treatment; capacity building programs in order to strengthen the education system of midwives, nurses, and caregivers, as well as vocational education for Indonesian health workers; development of innovative elderly friendly health services through strengthening hospital-based multi-disciplinary geriatric service teams; implementation of cooperation programs in order to control antimicrobial resistance; implementation of cooperation between the two countries under the framework of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA); collaboration in order to increase the capacity of the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry in Indonesia; development of internationally standardized animal laboratory facilities; strengthening the primary health care system in Indonesia; strengthening of community-based cancer screening systems in Indonesia; strengthening the adoption of utilization of digital health technology and eHealth; and strengthening TB control programs in Indonesia; and strengthening health education and research collaboration between Indonesia and the Netherlands.

The two Delegates agreed to formulate and finalize the Joint Action Plan Documents in the near future so that they can be signed by the two top officials of the Ministry of Health of the two countries on the occasion of attending the 72nd World Health Assembly Session in Geneva on May 20-28 2019.

To strengthen the planned implementation of the Indonesia-Netherlands health cooperation, the Indonesian Ministry of Health Delegation met with the Ambassador of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ambassador I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, at the Indonesian Embassy in the Netherlands.