Monday, 6 November 2017

Reaching Adam

By Cory Rogers, Communication Officer

Ibu Ana with Adam at his home outside Tulungagung © Cory Rogers / UNICEF / 2017

Tulungagung: “You can tell where they worked by the design of the house,” says Ibu Ana as we rumble past large, multi-roofed homes on the way to Ibu Katiyah’s place. 

Two years ago Ibu Katiyah returned to this corner of East Java with her three-year-old son Adam – 27 years after first departing. Ibu Ana, a government welfare worker, met them while verifying welfare rolls, and the two became fast friends.

“Migrant labourers like to build big houses here like the ones they work in overseas,” Ibu Ana adds as we zig and zag, dodging chickens, potholes and the occasional shingle.

“But Ibu Katiyah didn’t have enough money to build one. She lives in a dirt-floor home up the road.” 

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Pioneering survey asks 8-12-year-old Indonesians: what's life like?

By Cory Rogers, Communication Officer

© Cory Rogers / UNICEF / 2017

Preadolescents have a lot to say about life.

Take this 11-year-old boy from Indonesian Borneo, or Jenni (pictured below), who lives in Indonesia’s province of West Java. The 10-year-old says being a good friend is something you learn with practice.

 “A good friend should always be there to help you through difficulties,” says Jenni (centre). “Real friends come to your house when you’re sick, and you go to their house when they are.” © Cory Rogers / UNICEF / 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

#GirlsTakeOver: Adolescents take action to end child marriage

By Fadilla Dwianti, Child Protection Officer

21 adolescents selected from 12 provinces pose for a picture with Deputy of Child Development at Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Lenny N. Rosalin, UNICEF Chief Child Protection Amanda Bissex, and Country Director Plan International Indonesia Myrna Remata-Emora/©UNICEF/Fadilla Putri/2017 

It wasn’t out of the ordinary for Indonesia’s Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection to deliver a speech for International Day of the Girl Child. 

Except that this year, the minister was a 19-year-old girl.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Mainstreaming menstrual health in Makassar

By Andi Bunga Tongeng

A participant in the training explains her approach to mainstreaming MHM in schools © Andi Bung Tongeng / UNICEF/ 2017

Makassar: "Did this game teach you anything you didn’t know before?" Saskia Raishaputri Moestadjab, a UNICEF consultant, asked participants at a Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) training in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

A man named Ilham raised his hand and replied: "Well, now I know there are two kinds of menstrual pads – disposable and reusable."

The room burst into embarrassed laughter: even at this adult training session, it seemed odd to hear a man talk about menstrual pads. 

Friday, 29 September 2017

Going all out for every child: East Java's success in the Measles-Rubella campaign

By UNICEF Indonesia

East Java Governor Dr. Soekarwo (centre) helps one boy with his MR vaccine at an Islamic boarding school in Madura, East Java ©Office of the East Java Governor/2017

Surabaya: As Indonesia’s largest-ever immunisation campaign draws to a close, it is clear that its success is due to strong government leadership and committed partners working together.

The 2017 Measles and Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign aims to immunize 35 million children aged 9 months to 15 years old across Java Island, where half of Indonesia’s population lives. 

Led by the Government of Indonesia, with support from partners such as UNICEF, GAVI, the Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI) and others, planning for the two-month campaign began many months prior to the 1 August launch to ensure the ambitious targets were met. 

The campaign in East Java Province typifies this collaborative approach, as strong leadership by the provincial government has been instrumental in enabling the province to exceed the  benchmark set down by the central government of  95 per cent coverage.