2023-12-15| Asia-Pacific

ADB Greenlights $650 Million Investment for Indonesia’s Health System Transformation

by Sinead Huang
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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has given the nod for a $650 million investment aimed at upgrading Indonesia’s primary healthcare facilities and public health laboratories. Aligned with the Health System Transformation Agenda, this initiative is the third in a series of ADB supports for post-pandemic health reforms in the country. The $4 billion project, co-financed with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Islamic Development Bank, and the World Bank, is poised to address critical gaps and enhance the resilience of Indonesia’s health system.

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Strengthening Primary Healthcare Nationwide

The approved Primary Healthcare and Public Health Laboratories Upgrading and Strengthening (PLUS) project will directly bolster two key government initiatives: the Strengthening of Primary Healthcare in Indonesia (SOPHI) and the Indonesia-Public Health Laboratory System Strengthening (InPULS). The investment aims to equip over 10,000 primary healthcare facilities and 500 public health laboratories across the nation, ensuring they meet the government’s minimum service standards.

ADB Country Director for Indonesia, Jiro Tominaga, highlighted the significance of this initiative in standardizing services, thereby narrowing the gap in healthcare access, particularly for marginalized communities in remote areas. The comprehensive support includes equipment procurement, training, and capacity development, aiming to improve the overall quality of healthcare services.

The project, backed by ADB’s extensive investment, seeks to minimize disparities in healthcare access, specifically benefiting the underserved, rural, and remote populations. With a focus on acquiring, delivering, and commissioning equipment, along with providing operational and maintenance services, the initiative aims to establish uniformity in primary healthcare services. ADB’s collaboration with the Indonesian government addresses vital gaps in the health system, promising to elevate the overall quality of services while emphasizing inclusivity.

Sustainable Healthcare for a Resilient Future

The PLUS project aligns with climate change mitigation efforts in the health sector. By introducing energy-efficient equipment during the infrastructure upgrade, ADB aims to contribute to environmental sustainability. Additionally, the bolstering of the public health laboratory network is designed to enhance the country’s resilience against future pandemics, particularly those linked to climate change. 

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