Indonesia’s critical plans to stop the rise in NCDs

Why prevention of non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and cancer is top of Indonesia MOH’s agenda

Prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is a key focus within the Indonesian Ministry of Health’s primary healthcare transformation plans.

This comes against rising financial burden and mortality in the country from NCDs such as heart disease and cancer. Such diseases now account for over 65% of all deaths in Indonesia. Heart disease alone places a financial burden of 10.3 trillion rupiah, or over US$700 million, on the healthcare system annually.

Looking at the top diseases that contribute to years of life lost (YLL) – a measure of premature mortality – diabetes recorded an almost 50% jump over the period of 2009 to 2019. Heart disease and stroke has also seen a significant rate of increase.

It is clear that action to reverse the increase in NCDs is urgently needed. As part of its healthcare transformation plans, the Indonesian MOH is preparing to boost service capacity across the country’s facilities, to conduct primary prevention (i.e. routine immunisations) and secondary prevention (i.e. disease screening). These will be coupled with campaigns to educate the community on healthy living.

Learn more about Indonesia’s healthcare transformation at the upcoming Digitalise Healthcare Indonesia conference, which HMA is partnering the Indonesian MOH and Indonesia Hospital Association (Perhimpunan Rumah Sakit Seluruh Indonesia/PERSI) to organise. This will be held on 6-7 July in Jakarta. To find out more and register, click here.

Leading up to the event, HMA will also be holding a webinar on May 17 titled “Why Indonesia healthcare is ripe for a digital revolution”. Officials from MOH and PERSI will share about the key pillars of transformation planned for Indonesian hospitals. Click here to register.