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Village Community Participation for Convenient Maternal Healthcare Services

Monday, May 22, 2017 Author: Wulan Dewi Co-author: Fibria Heliani Irfan Kortschak

Village Community Participation for Convenient Maternal Healthcare Services
(Photo: Fauzan Ijazah)

 

The Rempek Village Maternal Health Post (Polindes) in the hamlet of Gelumpang Sanyar (which has 248 inhabitants), in the village of Rempek, Gangga, North Lombok was built using Rp 160 million (US$11,865) in village funds. Supplies such as cabinets, tables, and chairs were purchased using the village funds, while the medical equipment and medicines were provided by the sub-district community health centre (puskesmas) with support from Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantages Regions and Transmigration and the National Family Planning Board.

The Polindes provides a range of basic services for women and children, including antenatal care, childbirth, and contraception. The midwife lives on site, therefore she is always on call and available. Before the clinic was built, expectant mothers usually had to travel to a facility in the neighbouring hamlet, which is more than a kilometre away.

The Generasi program actively conducts a number of initiatives throughout the community, which has significantly increased awareness of mother and child healthcare. The construction of the facility was proposed at a hamlet-level community meeting consisting entirely of women. The women’s proposal was then put forward at a village-level meeting.

To accommodate accompanying family members, the community also proposed the construction of a gazebo, which was accepted by the village government and built using Rp 18 million (US$1,335) allocated from the village funds in 2015. According to the village head, “In 2016, we allocated almost 50 percent of the total value of the village funds we received for the development of education and health services facilities.”

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