Tuesday, October 31, 2017

1) JK: Separatist Movement Not Accepted in Papua

2) Indonesian Diaspora Set to Conduct Breakthrough Program to Build Papua

3) Telemedicine program to be applied in Papua

4) How to improve maternal health: 4 lessons learned in Papua
5) Indonesian Air Force to deploy squadron of fighter jets in Biak


1) JK: Separatist Movement Not Accepted in Papua

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 | 19:51 WIB
JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Vice President Jusuf "JK" Kalla insists the separatist movement is not accepted in Papua because the region is part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).
The statement was delivered by JK at the Vice Presidential Office, Jakarta, Tuesday (10/31/2017), related to the terror acts committed by the Armed Criminal Group (KKB) in Tembagapura, Mimika, Papua, for the last few days after the shooting of Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) Post in the areas of MP67 and MP66 Tembagapura on Sunday (10/29) at around 10:35 am, Eastern Indonesian Time (WIT). "Separatist movement, of course, it tries to disrupt the situation, but the government's preparations in Papua, both police and soldiers, ready to face anything if anyone tried to interfere," the vice president said.
JK added the government will not stop doing development in Papua for evenly distributing welfare in all areas of Indonesia.
During the three years of Jokowi-JK's administration, the central government has made efforts to improve the welfare of Papuan communities, including the implementation of one price fuel for Papua since October 2016 and the acceleration of the Trans-Papua National Road along 4,330.07 kilometers.
Based on the statement by Head of Public Relation Division of Papua Regional Police Senior Commissioner AM Kamal, the joint personnel of Brimob and Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) are still on alert in the Brimob Post area of Tembagapura, Mimika, after the KKB attack on Sunday (10/29).
He added the joint forces are also still pursuing the perpetrators of the Brimob Post shootings in the areas of MP67 and MP66 Tembagapura on Sunday at around 10:35 am.
2) Indonesian Diaspora Set to Conduct Breakthrough Program to Build Papua
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 | 13:29 WIB

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM  - The Indonesian Diaspora Network Global (IDNG) and Indonesian American Society of Academics (IASA), which consists of Indonesian Diaspora professors in the United States, agreed to implement a groundbreaking telemedicine and education program for Papua and West Papua starting January 2018.
The telemedicine breakthrough program will make two hospitals in Papua a center for telemedicine activities and connect to five district public health centers (Puskesmas) as working-models directed to 100 front-line Puskesmas.
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan said that the contribution from Diaspora abroad is very important for Indonesia's progress. Expertise and mastery of technology gained from developed countries can be utilized in the development of Indonesia.
According to Minister of National Development Planning Bambang Brodjonegoro, telemedicine will be conducted interactively by way of real time as well as store-forward system. This initial model can be scaled up to cover more areas, including outside Papua and West Papua. The first breakthrough educational program will target boarding high schools in Jayapura, Merauke, and Nabire to transform them into high-quality graduate power houses.
The program will begin with the recruitment of additional educators, curriculum design and teaching materials, training and mentoring, the design of instructional infrastructure. A total of 20 diaspora professors will be deployed alternately throughout 2018 to conduct mentoring and guidance using Diaspora self-funding of $350,000 or IDR4.7 billion per year.
"This is a pure donation from Diaspora from donors and sponsors. The activities of Diaspora professors are merely devotion and they will not be given salary or honorarium," said Bambang, in a press release on Wednesday (10/25/2017).


3) Telemedicine program to be applied in Papua

24th October 2017 | 1.332 Views
Ubud, Bali (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Diaspora Network Global (IDNG), in collaboration with the Indonesian American Society Academics, will hold telemedicine and educational programs for boarding schools in the provinces of Papua and West Papua in January 2018.

The agreement was discussed during a meeting between IDNG President Herry Utomo and Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDNG Edward Wanandi with Coordinating Minister for Marine Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and Head of the National Development Planning Agency Bambang Brodjonegoro in Washington DC, the US, last week.

In a press release received by ANTARA here on Tuesday, Utomo noted that the two programs were efforts by the diaspora to be directly involved in accelerating development in Indonesia, particularly in Papua and West Papua.

This initiative was welcomed by the minister who said it was time for the Indonesian diasporas expertise and mastery in technology to be used for building the country.

The telemedicine program will be centered at the Jayapura hospital and Merauke hospital and will be connected to five district health centers.

Later on, the "real time" program will be implemented at one hundred frontline district health centers to cover more patients.

Meanwhile, the educational programs will be held at high schools with boarding facilities in Jayapura, Merauke, and Nabire to transform them into high-quality graduate-generating institutions.

The program will begin with recruiting additional educators, designing curriculum and teaching materials, training and mentoring, and building learning infrastructure.

At least 20 professors from the Indonesian diaspora will be deployed alternately throughout 2018 to offer mentoring and guidance using the diasporas self-funding worth $350 thousand.

"This is a form of pure donation from the diaspora donors and sponsors, and these diaspora professors are devoted to fulfilling their duties, so they will not receive salaries or honorariums," Utomo said.(*)

4) How to improve maternal health: 4 lessons learned in Papua
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By Helen MorganNaomi Mihara 31 October 2017
JAYAPURA, Indonesia — Indonesia has some of the highest rates of maternal mortality in Southeast Asia, and one of the biggest factors affecting the rate of maternal deaths is a lack of access. Local midwives in remote corners of the country are on the frontlines of primary care, but many women in poor and rural settings don’t have access to such care — and even when services are accessible, the quality varies.
Maternal mortality remains a global issue. Despite a significant reduction in recent years —  falling by half between 1990 and 2015 — some 216 women per 100,000 live births still die each year. Now, Sustainable Development Goal 3 on healthy lives and well-being is aiming to reduce the number of women dying due to complications in childbirth to less than 70 per 100,000 live births. This is a huge challenge, and one that many countries are struggling to meet, particularly in a country such as Indonesia, where the numbers fell by just 5 percent in the same time period.

Papua, at the easternmost edge of Indonesia, is among the least developed provinces in the country, and its lack of health care infrastructure is concerning. A report from Human Rights Watch notes that Papua has Indonesia’s highest infant, child, and maternal mortality rates. But in Jayapura, the province’s capital, steps are being taken to counter this problem in primary health centers at the heart of the communities. These government-mandated centers — puskesmas, in Indonesian — are dotted around the sprawling city and its surrounding peri-urban areas. One of these centers, Puskesmas Waena, is tucked down a narrow street on the outskirts of the city, and visited by around 365 pregnant women per year — each of whom are entitled to four free check-ups over the course of their pregnancy. 
Devex spoke with health care workers at the center to hear more about how access to care for pregnant women could be improved. This video explores the impact of a new digital data collection system, developed through a partnership between Philips, telecommunications company Telkom, and the local government, to help ensure effective sharing of patient data and to enable local health workers to seek advice from specialists across the country. 
How do we ensure that people worldwide get the care they need without the risk of being pushed further into poverty? Devex explores the path to universal health coverage. Join us as we ask what it will take to achieve UHC for all by visiting our Healthy Horizons site and tagging #HealthyHorizons#Health4All and @Devex.
The content, information, opinions, and viewpoints in this Healthy Horizons content series are those of the authors or contributors of such materials. Content produced as part of the series does not represent an endorsement of the contributing institutions or their positions, nor does it imply the existence of any relationship or engagement among them in connection with this series.
About the authors 
Helen Morgan is an editorial associate at Devex. She has a background in human rights, radio and journalism, and has written for a variety of international publications while living and working in Buenos Aires, New York and Shanghai. She is now based in Barcelona and supports editorial content on campaigns and media partnerships at Devex. She is currently studying a master's degree in contemporary migration.

Naomi Mihara is a video journalist for Devex, based in Barcelona. She has a background in journalism and international development, having previously worked as an assistant correspondent for Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper and as a communications officer for the International Organization for Migration in Southeast Asia. She holds a master's degree in multimedia journalism from Bournemouth University.


5) Indonesian Air Force to deploy squadron of fighter jets in Biak
4 hours ago
Biak, Papua (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Air Force plans to deploy a squadron of fighter jets in the Manuhua Airbase in Biak Numfor district, Papua province, next year after its status has been upgraded to type A from type B.

"Biak will have a squadron of fighter jets. The plan has been incorporated to the TNI (National Defense Forces) chief's program. The program has been notified to Manuhua Airbase," Commander of the Manuhua Air Force Base, Colonel Fajar Adriyanto, said after a get-together with religious figures and journalists at Gunadi Angkasa building on Tuesday.

The presence of fighter jets at the airbase is expected to strengthen state security defense particularly in the Indonesian eastern provinces of Papua and West Papua, he said.

He said the Air Force has made preparations including facilities and infrastructures for the operation of the squadron of fighter jets.

"The Manuhua Air Force Base in Biak has been equipped with apron facility for fighter jets. All the facilities can be used now," he said.

He expressed hope that the squadron of fighter jets, coupled with Air Force personnel including those from Manuhua airbase, Air Force Special Troops of Command Battalion No 464 and Radar Unit No 242 will strengthen security and surveillance of air space in Papua and West Papua provinces. 

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