Public Health in Indonesia

by Dr. J. Leimena, Minister of Social Affairs. The Hague, Djakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Surabaja: N.V. v/h G.C.T. Van Dorp & Co., 1956. 170 p

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In a country where the ratio of doctors to the population is 1:55,000, the contrast between what exists and what is needed in public health is rather overwhelming. In fact, it may be assumed that the public health program in Indonesia must start almost from scratch.

Dr. Leimena has compiled with great precision and care a budget of needed skills, personnel and funds which he has presented against an equally precise outline of those already in existence. A chapter is devoted to each component of the public health program: environmental sanitation; mother and child welfare (no mention is made of a need for family planning); improvement of nutrition both quantitatively and qualitatively; control of yaws, trachoma, tuberculosis, hook-worm, plague, typhoid, malaria, leprosy, V.D.; medical care (there are 8 beds per 10,000 people); laboratory services; vital statistics; training of para-medical personnel; health education.The scope of the program is graphically described in a set of ten appendices, each with relevance to a particular chapter in the text.