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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.

Members of a community organization attend a training session.
January 28, 2014

Today, the U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Baur and Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo launched the Community Empowerment of People Against Tuberculosis (CEPAT) health program in Jakarta. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) the program supports community-based outreach and care for tuberculosis (TB).

A worker constructs an infiltration pond in Mojokerto District.
January 22, 2014

The U.S. Government announced the creation of 900 new water infiltration ponds in Mojokerto to alleviate water shortages in the district. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in close collaboration with the Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia, constructed the ponds which are expected to both increase water supply and reduce flooding.

USAID Indonesia Mission Director Andrew Sisson (left) answers questions by journalists.
January 21, 2014

The United States government and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry today launched a new rainforest standard for carbon credits in Bali Barat National Park.  Based on long-standing collaboration between the University of Indonesia and Columbia University in the U.S., this landmark initiative will help to reduce the loss of Indonesia’s tropical forests and biodiversity.

U.S. Consul for Sumatra Visits Community Health Center
December 23, 2013

The U.S. Consul for Sumatra, Kathryn Crockart, joined senior officials of the Government of North Sumatra Province and Provincial Health Office to celebrate Indonesia’s Mother’s Day.

The 31 USAID PRESTASI scholarship recipients were chosen from 840 applications from across Indonesia.
November 6, 2013

On November 6, 2013, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Andrew Sisson announced that 31 Indonesian young professionals received scholarships under USAID’s Program to Extend Scholarships to Achieve Sustainable Impacts (PRESTASI) program.  Scholarship recipients were chosen from 840 applications from across Indonesia.   

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