The Measles-Rubella Immunization Campaign Phase II (MR-II) has completed. The Final Review Meeting was held on 13 - 16 January 2019 at Mercure Hotel Ancol, Jakarta. This meeting was organized to disseminate and evaluate the program results, as well as to formulate the strategic way in implementing the program ahead.
The MR-II program is targeting immunization of 32 million children in Indonesia. Started July 2018 to January 2019, ALERTAsia has deployed 10 Technical Assistants to 31 districts, which divided in 10 duty stations in two provinces as follows:
- Aceh Province, comprises 4 duty stations in Takengon, Meulaboh, Kota Langsa, and Tapaktuan
- North Sumatera Province, comprises 6 duty stations in Kota Padang Sidempuan, Kota Tebing Tinggi, Gunung Tua, Kota Tarutung, Kabanjahe, and Slabat
Based on the review result, the campaign only reached 72.39% of the total national coverage, 6 out of 28 provinces have achieved target 95% of immunization coverage at all levels. In this case, North Sumatera and Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam are categorized as provinces with the lowest coverage which has less than 50% coverage (see the map below). It is said that among other reasons, the lack of support from local stakeholders’ and religious belief might become the most challenging issues faced by the Technical Assistants in implementing the campaign. In this highlight, support from government in socializing the means of immunization to local community as well as involvement of broader stakeholders that includes the religious leaders are seen as essential strategies to push this program forward.
MR II Immunization National Coverage
The Final Review Meeting was the last meeting from a series of activities in MR Immunization Campaign - Phase II. During the 6-month implementation, two Mid-Term Review Meetings were held. The first meeting was held on 12-15 September 2018 in Depok and the second one was held on 11 – 17 November 2018 in Yogyakarta. The Mid-Term Review Meetings were organized to monitor the progress of the program and to obtain inputs from the technical assistants including the Provincial Health Offices on the implementation of the ongoing immunization campaign.
The Final Review Meeting of the MR Immunization Campaign - Phase II attended by technical assistants from WHO, FETP and UNICEF and representatives from the Provincial Health Office throughout Indonesia.