Summary of publication
This document is the independent progress report for the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Maternal and Neonatal Health (AIPMNH), a partnership between the Australian and Indonesian governments to help address maternal and neonatal health issues.
The review found evidence of some immediate outcomes in terms of changes in skills, knowledge and practices. Where training has occurred or technical assistance provided, it is apparent that:
- health staff more confidently manage a range of complications that they were not able to do previously
- referral processes are being put in place at the local level
- clinical standards are being implemented
- more coordinated planning is occurring between agencies, and
- maternal and neonatal health activities are progressively being aligned to local need.
The review highlighted two major challenges to capacity strengthening, the poor state of many facilities and the low number of births that midwives deliver. It suggested that the current contract be extended to 2013 and that this time be used to consolidate in the current 14 districts, implement the recommendations of this review, and design the Program for the next phase.
Also see: Management response to progress report