Bali governor wants to get rid of ‘two children is enough’ family planning campaign

The family planning campaign “dua anak cukup” (translating to “two children is enough”) is outdated and is a source of underpopulation, says Bali Governor Wayan Koster. Speaking at the 73rd Anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia Teachers Association (PGRI) and National Teacher’s Day at the Gedung Ksirarnawa Art Center in Denpasar on Monday, Koster detailed ...

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Australian media coverage of Japanese Encephalitis dubbed ‘fake news’ by Bali government

Australian media coverage of Japanese Encephalitis dubbed ‘fake news’ by Bali government

Mainstream Australian media outlets have been called out by the Bali Provincial government for spreading fake news about an outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis on the Indonesian...

Indonesia watching regions with highest cases of Japanese Encephalitis: Bali, Manado

Indonesia watching regions with highest cases of Japanese Encephalitis: Bali, Manado

Indonesia’s Ministry of Health says it is keeping close tabs on Japanese Encephalitis in the country’s two regions with the most cases: Bali and Manado. Japanese Encephalitis...

Traditional healers to get special counters at Bali hospitals: Governor

Traditional healers to get special counters at Bali hospitals: Governor

Shamans will have a place at hospitals in Bali, says the island’s governor, Wayan Koster. Special counters will be opened for balian, or traditional, spiritual healers, and...

A month on, Indonesia’s quake-tsunami hit Palu faces health crisis

A month on, Indonesia’s quake-tsunami hit Palu faces health crisis

Indonesia’s quake-tsunami battered city of Palu is facing a public health crisis as torrential rains threaten to spread malaria and dengue fever to the devastated region a...

Indonesia drops disinfectant on quake-hit Palu

Indonesia drops disinfectant on quake-hit Palu

Indonesian authorities on Thursday used helicopters to drop disinfectant on parts of the earthquake-and-tsunami-ravaged city of Palu, where thousands of decomposing bodies are...

Indonesia mulls leaving quake-flattened villages as mass graves

Indonesia mulls leaving quake-flattened villages as mass graves

More bodies were unearthed from the earthquake-and-tsunami-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu on Saturday, as authorities move closer to calling off the search for the dead trapped...

Children born aboard floating hospital in Sulawesi quake-tsunami aftermath

Children born aboard floating hospital in Sulawesi quake-tsunami aftermath

Dinar was lucky to survive the Indonesian quake-tsunami that leveled her home. But she didn’t have much time to count her blessings — she was nine months pregnant and...

Fears of spreading diseases rise as more bodies recovered from Sulawesi quake-tsunami

Fears of spreading diseases rise as more bodies recovered from Sulawesi quake-tsunami

Rescuers picking through the grim aftermath of Indonesia’s quake-tsunami issued a fresh public health warning Saturday as more decaying corpses were unearthed from beneath...

UN warns of ‘vast’ relief needs as Indonesia quake death toll passes 1,400

UN warns of ‘vast’ relief needs as Indonesia quake death toll passes 1,400

by Harry Pearl Over 1,400 people are now known to have died in the quake-tsunami that smashed into Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, with UN officials warning needs are...


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Coconuts Bali Health

The health section of Coconuts Bali covers a range of stories, many of them stemming from mosquito-borne diseases—developments within the ‘hottest’ tropical diseases (e.g. dengue, zika virus) on the island. Bali has invited the public to take up with the “War on Mosquitoes,” no joke. Those nasty little biters are responsible for so much sickness and suffering on this island. Though all disease carriers in Bali are not as deplorable as mosquitoes. The island is also struggling with rabies, which is most frequently transmitted from dog bites. And every now and then, the health section gets updated with stories on Bali’s questionable food and drug regulations, like a handful of harmful chemicals being found in cosmetics or street food, for example.