Southeast Asia
Johnson & Johnson has partnered with UNICEF to improve access to quality health services and build capacity of provincial heath staff in four disadvantaged provinces in Vietnam: Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Kon Tum and Gia Lai. Key activities include building the capacity of healthcare workers at national and subnational levels on skilled birth assistance; implementation and scaling up of early essential newborn care interventions that are simple and cost effective such as delay cord clamping, immediate skin-to-skin contact with mother, breastfeeding within 90 minutes of birth, and kangaroo-mother care; and newborn care and early education. In addition, the program will support the training and placement of ethnic minority midwives to support home delivery among ethnic minority women in mountainous areas. The program is on track to train 2,100 health workers by 2020, and reduce maternal mortality by 75% and newborn mortality by 80%. Here, Thao Thi De (green shirt), a midwife-in-training that is supported through the partnership with Johnson & Johnson and UNICEF, receives practical education from Lo Thi Tinh, a trained nurse. Thao Thi De also gives consult to Lo Thi Xuan (spotted shirt) who is pregnant.
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Southeast Asia’s vast social, economic and political diversity has contributed to the region’s major disparities in healthcare systems and inequities in health outcomes. Countries in the region face a maldistribution of health workers, often caused by high migration of skilled health workers from countries such as Indonesia and Philippines, which contributes to understaffing especially in rural areas. While the region has achieved substantial reductions in child and maternal mortality over the past decades, these achievements are unevenly distributed among and within the countries of the region. Child and maternal mortality rates remain high in Indonesia and Philippines especially in rural areas. In Vietnam, quality health services during pregnancy and childbirth are a significant challenge among its ethnic minority population, most of whom live in mountainous or remote areas with limited socioeconomic development and low access to transportation. Most countries in the region also face significant mental health challenges.

To enhance access to basic healthcare services in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam and improve health outcomes, CHWI aims to:
  • Increase the number of nurses, midwives and community health workers
  • Reduce coverage gaps and disparities among regions
  • Enhance the capacity and skills of nurses, midwives and community health workers, as well as develop quality norms and standards of care for community health workers and midwives
  • Strengthen the capacity of primary and community health providers to improve access

Partners in Southeast Asia include: