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There is much to celebrate in Indonesia today. Overthe past decade and a half, Indonesia has risenfrom the economic turmoil and political discordof the late 1990s to become a politically stable,thriving democracy. Strong economic growth has seen thenation emerge as a middle-income country with the largesteconomy in Southeast Asia. By 2050, Indonesia is projectedto have the 6th largest economy in the world. Along withsignificant economic and social progress, Indonesia’spopulation is changing rapidly—characterized by decliningfertility, increasing life expectancies and acceleratedmigration to urban areas.

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The Indonesian government requires a set of population projections forplanning purposes, and a new official set of projections is prepared after eachpopulation census has been completed. The latest set of projections werecompleted and presented to the public on 29 January 2014, at an occasionpresided over by the President. These projections are for the population ofIndonesia as a whole, as well as for each of its 33 provinces. They were preparedby a team comprising representatives from relevant government agencies anduniversity experts, reporting to Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (Kementerian PPN/Bappenas) andBPS-Statistics Indonesia. Preparation of the projections was supported bythe United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

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This report will be an excellent source of information to refer to when discussing the issues of the midwifery workforce. It is hoped that, in the upcoming Government of Indonesia – UNFPA partnership in the 9th Country Programme, the recommendations can be further elaborated to compliment the work of Indonesian Government, particularly the Ministry of Health, and provide a concrete basis for action on improving the quality of midwifery services nationwide.
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Today, adolescents and youth represent the largest generation in human history. One third toalmost one half of the population in developing countries is under 20 years old. The challengesand opportunities brought by this demographic change need to be addressed and harnessedin order to achieve national development goals. There is a duty on the part of governmentsaround the world to assist and collaborate with young people on reaching their developmentgoals. Young people also need to provide advice and technical guidance on how to bestmanage the issues that affect them. While most countries in the Asia-Pacific region have sometype of youth programming, many such programmes exist without a clear framework

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UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, commissioned this report as part of its programme of assistance to the Government of Indonesia. UNFPA is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth andSports (Kemenpora) to support the development of the National Youth Strategy 2015-2019, which will focus on the areas of youth development, participation and leadership.

 

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UNFPA Indonesia has established a partnership with Yayasan Anak Bangsa Merajut Harapan (the Angsamerah Foundation) to launch UNALA, a private-sector-led Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services model designed specifically for youth. 

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UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency with a mission to “deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every child birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled”

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This report will review Indonesia’s engagement with the ICPD PoA over the past 20 years. Indonesia has experienced significant demographic, social, economic, environmental and political change since 1994.   

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Ministry of Health in collaboration with National AIDS Commission and technical assistance provided by UNFPA has developed the Technical Guideline for the integration of STI Screening and Early Diagnosis of Cervical Cancer Screening in order to strengthen SRH-HIV linkages in health service facility.  

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The ongoing JAMPERSAL program would require continuous reviews to assess the possible challenges in improving the health of women and children. In relation to the upcoming National Health Insurance scheme for Indonesia in early 2014, other areas that need to be explored is the district readiness in terms of health system supply side and in managing the national insurance system. The review aims to assess the aspects of improvement in order to ensure the success of any health financial protection scheme in Indonesia.
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