Locals in N. Sumatra’s Samosir Regency want to banish 3 HIV-positive orphans over fear of transmission to their children

In Indonesia, there’s still a huge stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS due to a lack of public education about the disease, to the point that people’s ignorant fears can lead to sufferers being persecuted — even children.

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Depok getting tough on tobacco ads as city begins enforcing ban on retailers, malls

Depok getting tough on tobacco ads as city begins enforcing ban on retailers, malls

Indonesia has some of the most lax regulations in the world regarding tobacco advertising, with images of cigarettes and cigarette logos popping up practically everywhere,...

Aceh governor finally allows measles-rubella vaccine program to resume after haram scare

Aceh governor finally allows measles-rubella vaccine program to resume after haram scare

The government’s much-delayed measles-rubella (MR) vaccine drive now has the full backing of provincial administrations throughout the country.

Indonesian Ulema Council Chairman Ma’ruf Amin says MR vaccines are mandatory amid haram paranoia

Indonesian Ulema Council Chairman Ma’ruf Amin says MR vaccines are mandatory amid haram paranoia

Where was Ma'ruf Amin before the MR vaccine controversy?

Jokowi signs presidential regulation that will use cigarette taxes to cover national health insurance deficit

Jokowi signs presidential regulation that will use cigarette taxes to cover national health insurance deficit

A great use of this money (but then again, if far fewer Indonesians smoked cigarettes maybe the health insurance system wouldn't have such a huge deficit...)

Despite threat of outbreak, Aceh Governor delaying MR vaccine drive until local ulema council issues fatwa

Despite threat of outbreak, Aceh Governor delaying MR vaccine drive until local ulema council issues fatwa

Apparently even MUI's fatwa that the vaccine was acceptable, given the dire medical situation now facing the country, isn't enough for Aceh.

Health workers offering measles-rubella vaccine threatened with machetes by parents in some parts of Indonesia

Health workers offering measles-rubella vaccine threatened with machetes by parents in some parts of Indonesia

While we want to condemn the actions of these parents, they are only acting out of ignorance and fear. And whose fault is that?

Only 7% of measles-rubella vaccine target reached in Aceh due to haram concerns, doctors warn of ‘MR tsunami’

Only 7% of measles-rubella vaccine target reached in Aceh due to haram concerns, doctors warn of ‘MR tsunami’

Considering that babies born to women who get measles during their pregnancy can be born with devastating congenital birth defects, this should be of concern to all Indonesians.

Unlicensed practitioner charged with negligence for boy’s botched circumcision, faces 5 years

Unlicensed practitioner charged with negligence for boy’s botched circumcision, faces 5 years

A 68-year-old man identified by his initials BR from Pekalongan, Central Java has been charged with criminal negligence for botching the circumcision of a young boy — which he...

Circumcision gone wrong: Indonesian boy’s penis glans cut off in botched surgery carried out by retired nurse

Circumcision gone wrong: Indonesian boy’s penis glans cut off in botched surgery carried out by retired nurse

A story that will cause men everywhere to clench their nether regions.


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Coconuts Jakarta Health

It’s been said that health is a privilege for the wealthy in Jakarta - and there’s certainly some truth in that. The fact of the matter is, the capital’s lower income citizens simply cannot afford medical treatment that’s provided at Jakarta’s top hospitals and medical facilities. Sadly, this has led to many citizens not being able to receive the medical care they desperately need. There has been many occasions in Jakarta - and indeed around Indonesia - when the poor were turned away from hospitals because they don’t have money or their medical plan can’t sufficiently cover their bills. There have been cases where people were simply left to die in Jakarta because of this.