Knowledge Note

Despite infrastructural setbacks resulting from recent natural disasters, Indonesia has continued to make strides in education, literacy and health goals. Mortality for men and women has decreased and life expectancy has increased. Between 1971 and 2007, the literacy rate increased from 61 percent to 93 percent overall. The government established a policy in 2001 to involve men in the health care of their wives and children. Men are expected to be involved in making decisions relating to family planning, antenatal care, preparation for delivery, and children’s immunization and nutrition. Poverty levels remain high, however, as 29 percent of the population subsists on less than US $1.25 per day