Diphtheria is spreading swiftly among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, with more than 110 suspected cases and 6 deaths, the WHO reported yesterday.

The sheer power of Indonesia’s tobacco industry has revealed itself once again through prohibitive new restrictions on e-cigarettes. Trade minister Enggartiasto Lukita suggested Indonesians can skirt the new rules if they “become regular smokers.”   Indonesia, known for…

Aldi Rizal gained worldwide attention as a 2-year-old Indonesian chain smoker who burned through packs daily. Now at age 8, with therapy, he’s quit. But the ranks of the 267,000 children across Indonesia who use tobacco products daily only continue to grow.   The country…

More than 80% of urban Indonesian children ages 10 and above have had dengue infection at least once, according to a first-of-its-kind study.While the country ranks No. 2 in the world for dengue disease burden, researchers say the government’s data, derived from passive…

Indonesia’s young people are calling for accessible and accurate sexual and reproductive health information and a voice in their health care needs.   The country’s youth were, in fact, part of the discussions at the first National Adolescents Summit, held in Yogyakarta and…

Indonesia has lured the attention of Big Tobacco, with Philip Morris and others launching aggressive ad campaigns.

If you have an emergency in Jakarta, you can dial 1-1-8—Jakarta’s 911. But it’s iffy whether an ambulance will be able to get to you in time. In this city of 10 million people, over 1,000 died in traffic accidents in 2010 (2x as many as Seoul); thousands more died of heart…

A new Unicef report documents that an estimated 200 million women and girls worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), including 60 million in Indonesia.

Not 2 minutes after first venturing out onto a busy city street in Bali, I inadvertently step on a small basket of woven palm leaf holding rice and flowers. Sorry!

DENPASAR, INDONESIA—An insubstantial door in the clinic of a Balinese bidan (midwife) is all that separates me from the drama of a delivery in progress. Inside the adjacent room, a laboring mother is at 3 centimeters, midwife Ibu Suri reports at about 10 a.m. For the next…