National Health Day in Indonesia Date in the current year: November 12, 2018

National Health Day in Indonesia National Health Day is an Indonesian observance held on November 12 every year. On this day in 1959, Sukarno officially launched the malaria eradication project by spraying DDT in the village of Kalasan to eliminate Anopheles mosquitoes.

Although malaria is most widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa, it is also endemic to other regions, including Southeast Asia. In Indonesia, a campaign for eradicating malaria was launched in 1959. By 2010, there were three malaria regions in the country: West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, and Maluku and Papua. The government of Indonesia is determined to rid the country of malaria by 2030.

Other major public health threats and healthcare problems in Indonesia include unsafe drinking water, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases (dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever, bird flu), diabetes, and respiratory diseases caused by air pollution (over the last two decades, Indonesia has been affected by the smoke haze at least four times).

National Health Day in Indonesia was created to raise public awareness about the most urgent public health problems, to emphasize the importance of improving the country’s healthcare system, and to express gratitude to Indonesian health workers for their hard work and dedication.

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Anniversaries and Memorial Days

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Indonesia

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