Pentahelix collaboration to improve health quality in Indonesia
Solving health problems require synergy and collaborative work, one of which is the pentahelix collaboration involving the government, society, academics, business actors and the media. The hope is that all parties will contribute in resolving the gaps. This also parallels with the role of philanthropy as a support for health program implementation. To find some inspirations and collaborative strategies by philanthropic organizations in managing health services, Filantropi Indonesia held another Philanthropy Sharing Session on April 13, 2021 with the theme Bersama Sehatkan Indonesia or “Together bringing health for Indonesia”. This activity was held in collaboration with the Health Philanthropy Cluster (TAHIJA Foundation and PKMK FK UGM) with Cita Sehat Foundation.
Improving the quality of health in Indonesia is in line with the achievement of SDGs for a more prosperous transformation of global citizens. Cita Sehat Foundation (CSF) is a nonprofit organization that provides health services, especially for the poor. CSF runs its campaigns and programs to achieve the 3rd goal of the SDGs (Good Health and Well-being). Through the “Bersama Sehatkan Indonesia” campaign, CSF has contributed to the Primary Clinic network in 6 major cities, by providing ambulances, mobile clinics, stunting prevention, services to elderly, and also nutrition gardens. Throughout 2020, there were 56 cross-sector partners have collaborated with CSF to improve the quality of health in various regions in Indonesia.
Arif Taat Ujiyanto, Director of Cita Sehat Foundation, was one of the speakers and he opened a discussion regarding the SDGs, RPJMN 2015-2019 and the realization of the quality of health in Indonesia. Based on data of Riskesdas in 2018, problems are still found, such as the prevalence of malnutrition issues, high cases of anemia in pregnant women, lack of sanitation management and inequality of household knowledge regarding access to health facilities in each province in Indonesia. These issues have not been resolved because support from non-government agencies for health services is still minimal. “Health in Indonesia still requires collaborative action to solve various problems. The extent of the health challenges means we cannot rely solely on contributions from the government,” he said.
This situtation has initiated CSF to mobilize the Pratama Clinic and collaborated with BPJS Kesehatan. Particularly for underprivileged communities, CSF has also had an impact through its prevent stunting program, elderly people services and nutrition through gardening. With available financing support for health, CSF is able to implement their programs through partnerships with other organizations. Arif added that data confirmation was needed at the beginning of the program proposal.
Head of the West Java Health Office, Luqman, responded on the issue of how to fill gaps related to health issues between institutions through pentahelix collaboration. He gave an example of BPJS patients, even though BPJS covers some services, there are medicine costs that cannot be covered and require financial support from philanthropic organizations. “Collaboration with non-governmental organizations can be started from this Philanthropy for Health Cluster, and I think this group can jointly formulate solutions and the prospect of viable partnerships,” suggested Luqman.
At the end of the session, Trihadi Saptoadi, Director of Tahija Foundation added that he hoped that there would be a follow-up and continuation of discussions in the future with synergy between more organizations. “I would like to encourage our friends (at the Philanthropy for Health Cluster) to share more knowledge, best practices or implementation training,” he concluded.
The next agenda is the launching of the official website of the Philanthropy for Health Cluster in May 2021 to solve health problems in Indonesia, that involves 17 organizations. We invite all institutions working in the health sector to register their organization/institution on the website.