AusAID has released a draft concept note for the new Maternal and Newborn Health and Nutrition Program for Indonesia. The 8-year A$200 million program of support for maternal and newborn health aims to assist Indonesia to close the socio-economic and geographical equity gap in reducing maternal and neonatal deaths and child stunting.
Our initial review reveals that one of the outcomes is “Greater informed demand and changed individual, household and community knowledge and behaviour related to family planning, maternal and neonatal health and nutrition” (p. v) which is a welcome sign of the integration of behaviour change and social marketing approaches. Sufficient investment in creating demand for services will be key to the success of this program.
Individuals and organisations are encouraged to submit views and issues that they would like to see further considered or clarified during the design process. The closing date for submissions is 30 June 2013.