Wednesday, December 6, 2023 | 18:36 WIB

Women’s leadership in public health


Ramona Sequeira (Source: PRIVATE DOC)

Reduce Maternal Mortality 

The next expert, the Head of the Bureau of Communications and Public Service of the Ministry of Health, dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi, M. Epid, said the importance of raising public awareness about women’s role in elevating public health in Indonesia. “We are committed to improving maternal and child health in Indonesia, through the RPJMN (National Medium Term Development Plan) to reduce the Maternal Mortality Rate to 183 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2024. The Government recognizes that women play a key role in elevating the health indicators of the Indonesian public set by BPS, especially concerning the prevention of malnutrition, which can lead to stunted growth, as well as the mortality rate of mothers and babies. Therefore, we are ready to work with all parties to achieve this goal and to a movement together.” 

On the same occasion, Ramona Sequeira, President of Takeda’s Global Portfolio Division, stated that Takeda recognizes women’s role in helping accelerate public health improvements, by raising awareness of important health indicators, including malnutrition across Indonesia and around the world. “We know that people’s health and well-being are inextricably tied to their access to nutrition and the communities in which they live and work. That’s why it’s so important for us to work with local partners to understand where the need lies and work together to develop innovative solutions that will make a positive and long-lasting impact on the health and social well-being of both individuals and their communities.” 

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In 2022 they launched four global corporate social responsibility programs across the globe, including three in Indonesia. These programs include (1) a five-year program to end lead positioning to support children’s cognitive development; (2) a four-year program to improve access to sustainable, female-centered care and meet the reproductive health needs of women and girls; and (3) a four-year program aimed at ending violence against women called “Woman at the Centre”. (est)


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