Innovating to increase health workers in Indonesia
citation for this: Rosskam, E., & Kurniati, A. (2014). Innovating to increase health workers in Indonesia. Perspectives in Public Health, 134(5), 240–241. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757913914545947
Despite significant recent advancements in tackling the problem of HRH shortages in Indonesia, the country
still suffers from a critical level shortage, and much remains to be done to achieve equity of access to health
workers and basic health services. While the density of doctors, nurses, and midwives increased by 2011 from 0.95
to 1.19 per 1,000 population and then to 2.25 per 1,000 population by 2013,2 approximately 29% of hospitals still lack
pediatricians, 27% lack obstetric gynecologists, 32% lack surgeons, and 33% lack internists.22 Re-distribution of
health workers from oversupplied to undersupplied areas remain the biggest challenge.
Indonesia continues to face a HRH crisis, but the collaborative process provides an opportunity to achieve
results. Through the multi-stakeholder coordination approach, more systematic and comprehensive HRH development
exists in Indonesia. Advocacy helps decision-makers prioritize in health policy-making and increase
investments. Indonesia’s experience indicates that irrespective of geographical or economic status, countries
can benefit from multistakeholder coordination and engagement to increase access to health workers,
strengthen health systems, as well as achieve and sustain UHC.