Social Affairs Minister Discloses Strategies on Handling Social Issues at APACPH Event

Wednesday, 27-October-2021 22:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma.
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has presented the strategy related to the handling of social issues in Indonesia in the Excellence in Leadership Medallion Award event from the 52nd Asia Pacific Academic Consortium For Public Health (APACPH). The event was held online.

The theme of APACPH 2021 was 'Enhancing Public Health Strategies During Industrial Revolution 4.0 and the COVID-19 Pandemic.' APACPH itself is a consortium consisting of more than 60 public health institutions in 21 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Ministry of Social Affairs has carried out various efforts to handle social issues within the scope of poverty alleviation in Indonesia, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, social security, social rehabilitation, and social empowerment.

Social security is for cases of people needing social welfare services (PPKS) as part of the handling of social issues, such as scavengers, homeless people, beggars, and other vulnerable groups.

"The PPKS were taken to Budi Luhur Center in Bekasi and given vocational skills and changed their mindset, then given jobs in companies such as PT Wika and PP Properti," said Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, on Wednesday (10/27/2021).

In addition, the Ministry of Social Affairs also handled victims of natural and non-natural disasters, as well as people with disabilities, and provides Social Rehabilitation Assistance (ATENSI) for orphans so that they can be empowered and independent.

"We have experience in dealing with persons with disabilities by providing assistance with a three-wheeled motorbike to Gading, a young man who sells coffee, and after receiving assistance he becomes more empowered," said Social Affairs Minister Risma.

In the 52nd Asia Pacific Academic Consortium Public Health Conference or APACPH, the issue that became the point of view was the importance of overcoming global health problems and the barriers related to the role of public health. Thus, communication is needed between researchers, decision makers, health professionals, students, and lecturers.

Following up on these challenges, scholars and public health practitioners must take part in the solution. One of them is that public health interventions are more cost-effective or more equivalent to health care interventions.

Also, there are other ways to tackle the problem, namely by developing various health policies and laws, optimizing global health finance, and making a political commitment to make health and well-being a priority.

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