Indonesia Takes a Leadership Position in the Global Health Security Agenda

Posted on by Dr. William Hawley, Country Director for CDC-Indonesia
Maluku mom and kid with mosquito bed net (Photo courtesy of Edi Purnomo, UNICEF)
Photo courtesy of Edi Purnomo, UNICEF
Dr. William Hawley, Country Director for CDC-Indonesia
Dr. William Hawley, Country Director for CDC-Indonesia

As the world’s fourth most populated country, Indonesia plays an important strategic role in protecting the global community from infectious disease threats. As one of the early countries to take a leadership role in the Global Health Security (GHS) Agenda, the Government of Indonesia will welcome senior health and agricultural leaders from 36 countries and 12 international organizations for the next commitment meeting August 20-21. The meeting, “Building Global Commitment to Multisectoral Approaches to Manage Emerging Zoonotic Diseases in Support of the Global Health Security Agenda within the Framework of Public Health”, demonstrates the progress and growing momentum of the GHS Agenda.

CDC has collaborated with Indonesia for more than fifty years. Short- and long-term technical assistance from CDC staff has helped the Indonesian Ministry of Health (MoH) address a wide range of high-priority public health needs, including communicable diseases, noncommunicable diseases, injuries, and strengthening surveillance. As CDC Country Director in Indonesia for the last three years, it has been an honor and privilege to work alongside our Indonesian counterparts to advance public health and the GHS Agenda.

Recent CDC and Indonesia MoH collaborations include support for maternal and child health and malaria control and elimination, surveillance for influenza and respiratory diseases, immunizations, enhancing laboratory-based early warning surveillance systems, and the Field Epidemiology Training Program. CDC works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and USAID in supporting collaborations with the MoH.

IndonesiaThe GHS Agenda is a WHO Member State-driven effort to accelerate progress toward global implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR), building on the IHR obligations of all Member States to collaborate in the development, strengthening, and maintenance of IHR core capacities. Participation in the GHS Agenda is open to all Member States who can make a specific commitment to accelerate measurable progress toward the GHS Agenda objectives.

Through focused leadership and high-level political will, the GHS Agenda aims to bring together other sectors in addition to health (including agriculture, security, development, and foreign affairs) in a whole-of-government—as well as a whole-of-society—approach to address infectious disease threats.

As we look ahead to the next GHS Agenda event at the White House on September 26, when nations around the world will present their comprehensive and integrated commitments, the meeting this week in Indonesia underscores Indonesia’s commitment to global health security and its important role in the international community and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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    I am a supporter of an animal rescue agency in Bali, and I have copied one of many Facebook posts(their communication to the public) about the lack of VAR in Bali, and the government’s mass killing of ALL dogs, vaccinated or not.

    I have written to many agencies this week, and to you as well as this is a Global Health issue. As Dr. Hawley is the representative in Indonesia with key contacts and governmental communication skills in Indonesia, I believe he can be of very valuable assistance. If GHSA is as valuable as it appears, I believe your department is a vital link in solving this crisis. There is a major breakdown in medical intervention, as no human rabies vaccine is available, and hasn’t been for months.

    Bali not only has many residents, but tens of thousands of tourists each year, and is fast becoming an unsafe island, with atrocities by the local officials who use strychnine darts and shoot randomly village by village.
    We need international support in any way possible, and mostly an agency or organization who can reach the government to stop their actions. Now children are dying needlessly, and I wonder how far this has to go before action is taken by the international community, including the World Health Organization.

    What can WHO and the CDC do? Can you point us in the right direction?

    One of many FB posts:

    Yesterday BAWA(Bali Animal Welfare Agency) spoke with a bereaved woman who had traveled from southern Bali to Tabanan, for the cremation of an 11-year-old family member who had died two days before, reportedly of rabies. This is her report to BAWA:

    The boy, a 5th grade elementary school student of Banjar Apuan, Baturiti, Tabanan, was bitten on the leg about a month ago by an un-owned dog. No stocks of the anti-rabies vaccine that saves lives post-exposure were available through public health facilities. After the boy was bitten, Animal Husbandry officials mass eliminated dogs in the community. The boy was admitted to hospital where he suffered for 7 days before dying, around 22 June.

    BAWA offers sincere condolences to the family, friends and community of the boy for their tragic and needless loss.

    Yesterday BAWA surveyed Tabanan’s General Hospital and other hospitals in the regency. NONE had stocks of the anti-rabies vaccine for humans. NONE knew when they would get supplies.

    Earlier this month it was reported that a 15-year-old male Junior High School student from Banjar Kubu Kangin in Kubu village, Karangasem, died after receiving only one of the multiple necessary injections of the life-saving anti-rabies vaccine.

    Bali then was dry of the human vaccine and remains so, though media today reports limited stocks of the vaccine will soon be available.…

    Meanwhile, Bali’s children and others are dying and the totally ineffective and inhumane response of government is to mass kill the islands indigenous dogs … many of them healthy and vaccinated.

    At least 10 people including the 11-year-old this week have died from rabies in Bali this year, compared to 2 or 3 for all of 2014. How very tragic. Use of simple vaccines will save lives.

    Again, we urge government to find a solution. Pay the price for emergency stocks of human vaccine. SAVE THE LIVES of Bali’s people. Enlist the help offered by so many international and local agencies to mass vaccinate dogs, to SAVE HUMAN LIVES and to SAVE THE BALI DOG.

    SIGN TO STOP MASS CULLING:…/stop-slaughter-save-balis-heritage-dog/…/get-involved/stop-mass-killing-balis-dogs

    Thank you in advance for any and all assistance. I look forward to hearing from you very soon.


    Amy Pittelkau

    Hoping that Indonesia becomes a friendly country for all its own citizens or other countries.

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