Under the MDGs, it should be slashed to 102 per 100,000 births by 2015.
Utami Roesli, chairwoman of the Indonesian Breast-feeding Center, said her organization had worked closely with more than 4,000 community health workers across Indonesia.
said rural communities tended to trust them more than they did doctors or health activists from big cities.
“They know the workers personally, they feel the connection and they can relate to them.
It’s easier for them to trust the workers,” Utami said.
She added that campaigning by community health workers to get more mothers to breast-feed their newborn babies had already had a significant impact.
Tritarayati, director of human resources management at the Health Ministry, said the government was conducting different programs to support community health workers.
“We send many nutritionists and other workers to remote places such as border areas and outlying islands,” she said.
To ensure health workers continue to serve their communities, Tritarayati said, the ministry had rolled out special incentives for them, including scholarships for further studies and a chance to get fast-tracked to civil servant status, which would entitle them to benefits such as health insurance and a pension.
Tritarayati said the 2010 National Basic Health Study (Riskesdas) showed that areas with a sufficient number of community health workers managed to successfully implement a wide variety of effective preventive health measures. Powered by www.creation-website.com