VP candidate Sandiaga Uno promises national mental health center if elected

"In Jakarta alone, 20% of people experience psychiatric disorders ranging from mild to severe. This can be seen from existing social phenomena such as suicide, drugs, etc., it is triggered by the mental health of our community,"

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HIV/AID education event in Yogyakarta cancelled over concerns it was promoting LGBT

HIV/AID education event in Yogyakarta cancelled over concerns it was promoting LGBT

The event even had the support of the local health agency, which had agreed to do free HIV testing for participants at the event., until it got cancelled.

Legislators call for re-opening of red light district in Indonesia’s Tulungagung to prevent HIV outbreak

Legislators call for re-opening of red light district in Indonesia’s Tulungagung to prevent HIV outbreak

When the East Java capital city of Surabaya shuttered Dolly, then the largest red light district in Southeast Asia, there were fears that sex workers would be forced to go...

After LGBT paranoia threatened to shut it down, gov’t defends HIV prevention group in Riau

After LGBT paranoia threatened to shut it down, gov’t defends HIV prevention group in Riau

In a heartening move, government officials in Pekanbaru rejected the claims of anti-LGBT crusaders by giving the Indonesian Social Change Organization (OPSI) a green light to keep...

Police say eating too much durian probable cause of angkot driver’s death in Tangerang

Police say eating too much durian probable cause of angkot driver’s death in Tangerang

An angkot minivan driver, identified as 53-year-old Adie, was found dead inside his vehicle in the Tangerang Regency on Saturday, with police believing his death may have been...

Morbidly obese Indonesian woman Titi Wati successfully undergoes bariatric surgery,  could lose up to 25 kg per month

Morbidly obese Indonesian woman Titi Wati successfully undergoes bariatric surgery,  could lose up to 25 kg per month

Titi Wati, a woman who recently made headlines after asking the Indonesian government to help treat her morbid obesity, has successfully undergone an operation that should...

Indonesian woman weighing 350 kg asks gov’t for help, no local hospital able to treat her

Indonesian woman weighing 350 kg asks gov’t for help, no local hospital able to treat her

Because of her financial limitations, Titi is currently waiting to get government aid

Prabowo’s claim about hospital having to reuse same dialysis hose for 40 patients denied by administrators

Prabowo’s claim about hospital having to reuse same dialysis hose for 40 patients denied by administrators

A Gerindra representative said what Prabowo meant in his speech wasn’t a dialysis hose, but the dialyser

Sick, hungry tsunami survivors cram shelters as death toll nears 400

Sick, hungry tsunami survivors cram shelters as death toll nears 400

Desperately needed aid flowed into a stretch of Indonesia’s tsunami-struck coastline today, but humanitarian workers warned that clean water and medicine supplies were...

Teenagers in Indonesia’s Central Java are getting high from drinking water boiled in menstrual pads or diapers

Teenagers in Indonesia’s Central Java are getting high from drinking water boiled in menstrual pads or diapers

Huffing glue is apparently passé.


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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.