Occupying a New Office, WRA Indonesia is Ready to Shine
Pita Putih Indonesia (White Ribbon Alliance Indonesia) occupies a new room in Building II, 3rd Floor, BKKBN (National Population and Family Planning Board) Office, Jakarta.
The inauguration of the room as the PPI office was carried out simply by cutting the cone (a traditional Indonesian rice set up for ceremony/ritual), in the room to be used starting Tuesday, February 19, 2019. The opening ceremony was attended by the Chairperson of PPI, Dr. Ir. Giwo Rubianto Wiyogo, M.Pd., BKKBN officials, and PPI governing bodies.
During the inauguration, Giwo Rubianto expressed her gratitude for the partnership between PPI and BKKBN. “We are fighting so the maternal mortality rate can decrease day by day,” Giwo said.
Meanwhile, Sri Rahayu, Head of BKKBN Finance Bureau and Acting Head of the General Bureau, said BKKBN could not work alone. “So far, PPI has helped BKKBN participate in socializing various programs, especially related to the reduction in maternal mortality, “explained Rahayu.
With the new office, Rahayu hopes that PPI will be more active in supporting socialization efforts so that the maternal mortality rate can be significantly reduced.
Rahayu gave an example of the importance of socializing the use of contraceptives, as well as delaying the age of marriage for those who are under 21 years old, as well as appealing to women to not become pregnant after 40 years old.
At present, said Rahayu, maternal mortality occurs in almost all regions of Indonesia. But, it is more common in areas that still lack access to health facilities. Family planning needs are high, but contraceptives are not readily available, and there are too few trained health workers to meet the needs of the community.
Meanwhile, Giwo Rubianto hoped that the partnership between PPI and BKKBN could be further enhanced. Since its establishment in 1999, PPI has carried out many programs to alleviate various problems concerning women and children. Among them is advocating for the community. “PPI is a catalyst in reducing maternal mortality, and we invite all stakeholders to give serious attention to the various problems that affect women’s health.”
At present, PPI is already in 31 provinces and hundreds of regions throughout Indonesia. As time goes on, PPI’s actions are increasingly felt across this country.