Innovative approaches to enhancing maternal and newborn survival: Indonesia's experience in an era of global commitments to reducing mortality

Koki Agarwal, Katherine Lilly, Jeffrey Smith

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Globally, countries have made impressive strides toward achieving targets set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce maternal mortality. The subsequent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have further challenged countries to accelerate these reductions. While Indonesia invested in several initiatives to improve care for mothers and newborns and made large gains in improving skilled care at birth, the country fell short of its MDG target. This paper outlines some of the remaining challenges and highlights the role of the US Agency for International Development-funded Expanding Maternal and Neonatal Survival (EMAS) program in eliminating the barriers to improved care. Achieving the SDGs by 2030 will require strong cross-sectoral collaboration and innovative approaches, such as the recent launch of Indonesia's national health insurance program, which can accelerate reductions in mortality by reaching women most in need of services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-6
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
StatePublished - Feb 2019



  • Expanding Maternal and Neonatal Survival (EMAS)
  • Indonesia
  • Maternal and neonatal mortality
  • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
  • Skilled birth attendants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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