UNICEF: GELIAT UNAIR Program Promising Future

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Chief Communication, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships United Nations for Children Fund (UNICEF) Indonesia Michael Klaus (right) with UNICEF Surabaya representative during discussion on GELIAT UNAIR . (Photo: UNAIR NEWS)

UNAIR NEWS – Since midyear of 2015, Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) has conducted community service program on healthcare. It is the movement promoting healthy pregnant mothers and infants (GELIAT) which involves academicians, from students, staff, alumni and lecturers to support mothers with pregnancy in six community health centers (puskesmas) in Surabaya. The program is still ongoing until now.

The community existence has attracted Chief Communication, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships United Nations for Children Fund (UNICEF) Indonesia Michael Klaus, and UNICEF Surabaya representative. The UNICEF delegation was interested in learn more on their collaboration with UNAIR such as GELIAT.

UNICEF representatives’ visit was received well by the Head of Institute of Community Service, Education, Training and Development (LP4M) UNAIR Prof. Jusuf Irianto, the head as well as the initiator of GELIAT UNAIR Dr. Nyoman Anita Damayanti, drg., and faculty representatives.

Klaus said that GELIAT for him is quite interesting as it involves students to solve infants’ health problem hich was quite complex, especially in Surabaya.

“Our visit is to have audience with university collaborating partners, especially on mothers and infants’ health. We discussed on the collaboration details and potentials to be improved. We want to know the students’ involvement in supporting GELIAT program, as mother with pregnancy still pose complex problems such as complications or mortality,” said Klaus during interview.

Students’ involvement meant was active students’ from bachelor to doctoral degree to support in guiding mothers with pregnancy until the end of post natal bleeding. The guidance was provided through phone calls, short text messages, and visitation to the houses of the pregnant mothers with some cadres.

Klaus added that GELIAT program has promising future. It has prevented mortality of mothers and infants. In the future, he hoped that UNAIR involves even more students and mothers with pregnancy for the program. He also suggested UNAIR to use the digital technology in assisting students’ guidance to mothers with pregnancy.

Klaus made an example of an immunization program in Jakarta. The pregnant mothers and infants were obliged to immunization, in Jakarta they were warned by a short text message to the mothers’ cellular phones. The mother were warned to get their infants to a healthcare facility so they can get immunization as scheduled.

“I hoped UNAIR can involve more students in the program, and use the digital technology so the information can be shared effectively to pregnant mothers,” said Klaus.

Klaus who is the head of UNICEF Indonesia Communication and Partnership Division also said that in the future he will visit UNAIR again to discuss and expand the collaboration.

Meanwhile, the initiator of GELIAT Nyoman said that as of now, GELIAT program is developing. Its activities even included in Thematic KKN BBM in Surabaya.

Regularly, the communication of 119 students as GELIAT guides with the midwives and puskesmas cadres was facilitated in an instant messaging application so the information sharing can be done easier. To ease the observation of 165 mothers, students are equipped with logbooks which routinely collected by GELIAT team and in the routine gathering of mothers, students are equipped with mothers and infants’ health monitoring book. (*)

Author : Defrina Sukma S
Editor    : Nuri Hermawan

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