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March 23, 2015

by Ambassador Robert O. Blake

Tuberculosis (TB) is curable, but current efforts to find, treat, and cure everyone who gets ill with the disease are not reaching all those who need it. We need more partnerships between the public and private sector​ in order to develop innovative solutions that save lives and address global problems that affect us all.

Nine million people around the world get sick with TB each year. In 2013, in Indonesia 330,000 new cases were reported along with approximately 64,000 TB-related deaths. The Ministry of Health provides diagnostic facilities in most health centers as well as free treatment. And yet, Indonesia still has one of the highest global burdens of TB. 

In recent years, we have seen the private sector partner with governments to create life-saving technologies and bring them to scale to benefit more people. Smart investments in science and technology have delivered new diagnostic tools that have made finding and treating TB easier and faster. We need more game-changing partnerships.

March 19, 2014

Vice Minister of Education and Culture, Prof. Dr. Musliar Kasim and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Program Director, Nancy Fisher-Gormley officially opened the National Level Training of Trainers for Primary Schools in Good Practices in Teaching and Learning and School Management.

February 11, 2014

In an ongoing effort to prevent and control infectious disease outbreaks globally, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), a leading global medical technology company, announced today a collaboration to strengthen Indonesia’s national reference laboratory systems.

February 7, 2014

In response to the ongoing eruptions of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, United States Ambassador Robert Blake offered $100,000 to support the Government of Indonesia’s response. The U.S. government, through the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing humanitarian relief items to people residing in evacuation centers.

A happy mother and a healthy baby
February 3, 2014

The United States will provide more than $1 million of funding for maternal health research as part of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program.  The United States will award grants to Indonesian researchers for collaborative research with American scientists in maternal and neonatal health.

U.S. Embassy Chargé d'affaires Kristen Bauer gives remarks at the launch of the Joint U.S.-Indonesia Research Study on Maternal
January 30, 2014

A major, new policy report was launched 30 January 2014, aimed at accelerating progress to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Indonesia.  The report, "Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Indonesia:  Saving Lives, Saving the Future", was developed by a joint committee from the U.S. National Academies and the Indonesian National Academy of Science.  The launch was attended by over 100 scientists, researchers, community organizations, and media.  

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Last updated: March 30, 2015

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