Indonesian health professionals graduate from Australia Awards short course on malaria prevention
Congratulations to the 24 Indonesian medical professionals and health workers from Indonesia’s Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) Province, who graduated last month from the Australia Awards short course, Malaria Prevention and Treatment for Infants, Children and Pregnant Women in Eastern Indonesia (NTT). There were 13 female and 11 male participants in the course, which was delivered in Melbourne from 4 – 22 April.
Over three weeks, the course focused on practical ways to prevent, identify and treat malaria in pregnant women, infants and children. Malaria remains a leading cause of maternal and neonatal mortality in eastern Indonesia.
The course was delivered by the Nossal Institute for Global Health at Melbourne University in partnership with The Burnet Institute, the Menzies School of Health Research (Charles Darwin University), and Thailand’s Mahidol University.
A three- day pre-course workshop was held in Flores (NTT), and a post-course workshop will be delivered in Eastern Indonesia in September this year.
Australia is a strong supporter of malaria elimination—it is a critical element of ensuring good health security in our region.
Through the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance, Australia is working with countries in the region towards the goal of an Asia Pacific Region free of Malaria by 2030.
This month (May 2016) a second short course on malaria prevention and treatment for infants, children and pregnant women will be delivered for 25 participants from Papua and West Papua.