The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$400 million financial assistance package for Indonesia to improve education and healthcare services in the country’s poorest families.
ADB’s assistance package will support Indonesia’s ongoing efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and targets on poverty reduction, health, education and gender equity. Under this initiative, the program will expand public health sector and education expenditures and help government in improving and effectiveness of this additional expenditure. The primary beneficiaries of ADB support will help women and children from poor households who currently lack sufficient access to quality education and health services. ADB’s financial assistance package conforms with Indonesia’s medium-term development plan, and will help the government implement ongoing reforms that are needed to improve the quality and effectiveness of the country’s social services. The ADB support will help children to survive in their earliest years of life, save life of more people affected by HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, help more women remain healthy during pregnancy, help more children go to school, and reduce regional and socioeconomic differences in social service delivery.