continues international partnerships
22, 2000, Gazette)
Indonesian nurses and Memorial
faculty are working together to improve the health of Indonesian
women and children. Sitting (L-R): Supriatini, project leader
at the University of Indonesia, and master's students Nani Nurhaeni,
Wiwin Wiarsih, Sigit Mulyono and Yati Afiyanti. Standing (L-R):
Dr. Sandra LeFort, Nursing, Dewi Irawaty, University of Indonesia,
Karen Webber, Nursing, Dr. Shirley Solberg, Nursing, Kay Matthews,
Nursing, Dr. Yani Hamid, team leader at the University of Indonesia,
and Dr. Marilyn Porter, Sociology.
School of Nursing and the Faculty of Nursing at the University
of Indonesia in Jakarta have teamed up to improve the health
of mothers and children in rural Indonesia.
Part of the
project involves training nursing faculty for the University
of Indonesia. Four junior faculty members from Indonesia are
now at Memorial doing their master's in nursing. Nani Nurhaeni
and Wiwin Wiarsih will complete their degrees in September, and
Sigit Mulyono and Yati Afiyanti are now on campus starting their
course of study.
Hamid said it will be good for the Faculty of Nursing at the
University of Indonesia to have a critical mass of faculty members
who have studied at the same place. It was only in 1999 that
the University of Indonesia brought in its own master's of nursing
program, established with the help of Memorial faculty members.
Indonesia has a population of 200 million, there is only one
Faculty of Nursing for the whole country and nursing is viewed
as a low-status profession with low educational requirements
for graduation. And because of inadequate health care, the levels
of maternal mortality and morbidity are dramatically higher than
A major goal
of the Nursing, Women's Health and Community Outreach in Indonesia
project is to improve the health of mothers and children in rural
Indonesia by providing training to upgrade the skills of district
and village level nurses, village midwives and traditional care
currently analyzing the large set of community health needs assessment
data which has been collected in selected sites in Indonesia,"
said Kay Matthews, Memorial's team leader on the project. "Based
on that data we'll plan projects to improve general family health."
who has made three visits to Indonesia already during the course
of this five-year project which began in 1998, said the idea
is to create a model which can be used in any part of Indonesia
to improve the health of women and children.
point of view of Memorial, Ms. Matthews said the Indonesian project
is enriching the faculty by being involved in international health
and collaborating with a nursing school in a country like Indonesia
with its complex social and health problems and its large population.
million Indonesian outreach project is largely funded through
the University Partnerships in Cooperation and the Development
of the Canadian International Development Agency program, administered
by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.