From our Partners: “Empowering local govts and villages in family planning,” the Jakarta Post

Every day, Rokhliana has to provide basic health care and maternal health services including pre-and post-natal care and family planning services at a community health center in East Lombok as well as in her own private home.

“A midwife must be able to do everything from delivering babies, treating their mothers to offering family planning services. Not to mention, when we have to deal with ordinary patients with illnesses, only a doctor is licensed to cure them,” said Rokhliana, chairperson of the East Lombok chapter of the Indonesian Midwives Association (IBI).

In villages, a midwife has always been regarded as a “super woman” or perhaps a super “doctor”. In Indonesia’s family planning program, midwives are at the forefront of delivering services.

Midwives were responsible for delivering 80 percent of knowledge, information and family planning services, all over Indonesia, one study has concluded.

“But since decentralization was enacted, many of us became confused and faced an uncertain future. We once worked under the coordination of the National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN), now we are attached to regional health agencies,” added Sri Arnani, chairperson of IBI in Kediri, East Java.

Read the full article at the Jakarta Post.