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Community based initiative in one of Indonesia's remotest regions has drastically cut infant mortality rate

Health program gives children the gift of life in Papua

A family cooks inside a traditional Papuan house, in Kimbim, in Papua's Jayawijaya district. A lack of ventilation in these homes in the central highlands of Papua has led to lung infections and the death of many children aged under five. (Photo by Alex Japalatu)

Alex Japalatu, Jayawijaya
Indonesia

March 16, 2017

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How her baby boy died in October 2006 is still fresh in Nelce Wandikbo's memory.

She had just given birth to her second son in Tumun, a small village in Papua's Jayawijaya regency, with the help of a traditional midwife, who used only a heated stone to cut the baby's umbilical cord.

But three days later the infant's navel swelled, and started convulsing.

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