Welcome Message

 
Prof. Sangkot Marzuki

Professor Sangkot Marzuki
President, Indonesian Academy of Sciences

Indonesia has yet to solve major challenges in the health sector, including in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality. Based on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) data in 2015, more than 40 mothers in Indonesia die of childbirth every day. This record is certainly worrisome for Indonesia, a member of the G20 group which consists of countries with the largest economy in the world. Moreover, efforts to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality have been carried out for a long time.

The Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI), an independent institution established through Law No.8 of 1990, carries mandate to provide science-based opinions and advice to government and the public. Hence, in 2013, AIPI in collaboration with US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) produced a report titled Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Indonesia. The report discovered that for decades, Indonesia lacks valid data and information about maternal and neonatal mortality.

As a follow up to the report, AIPI with support from USAID is now implementing the “Evidence Summit on Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Indonesia” program, held from July 2016 to December 2017. The program is carried out to find out what has happened in Indonesia over the past few decades through a rigorous process of literature gathering and systematic review. The Evidence Summit program also explores experiences and good practice from various area in Indonesia. We hope that the results of this activity will support the Indonesian government as well as education and health service stakeholders in addressing maternal and neonatal mortality issues.

 

Professor Sangkot Marzuki

President, Indonesian Academy of Sciences