Panel on Medical Anthropology

Health, disease and illness are unavoidable parts of human experience in life. In various environments, people are always in the process of adaptation in protecting themselves from various health problems, in maintaining good health and in combating diseases. Social and cultural changes always occur and provide new challenges to be overcome and adapted. Different times present different health situation for various people of different criteria and settings. Important solutions must be found.

In contemporary life, it is important to discuss the problems concerning the way to optimize socio-cultural system of individuals to improve the health and well-being of mother and children who are indicated worldwide as most of the population are still living in a vulnerable health condition. On the other hand, the elderly population is predicted to increase very rapidly in the middle of the 21st century. Facing the unavoidable ageing process, the contemporary elderly in urban and rural settings also encounter with the rapid socio-cultural and technological changes that influence their socio-cultural life and require them to stay healthy and active in their communities. Issues on family care and social care programs for the elderly by the communities in promoting and maintaining the good quality of their mental and physical health will be discussed. Prevention and curing of the health problems through traditional medical system and modern medical systems are always of great interests. In concern with traditional medical practices, there are varieties of practices of traditional healing. However, there is a similarity on the concepts underlying the practices of traditional healers. Issues of the rational aspect behind the healers’ practices will be presented. In the era of Regional Autonomy, many local governments establish regional hospitals, either general hospital in the provincial and district capital cities or specialized hospitals for treating specific diseases, are now flourishing. The quality of health services, efforts to increase health professionals’ capacities and the development of medicines and medical technology in the cities will be discussed under the issues of modern medical sub-culture in hospital settings.

Mother and Child Health
Panel Coordinator: Johanna Debora Imelda (Universitas Indonesia)

Elderly Health and the Culture of Caring
Panel Coordinator: Meutia F. Swasono (Universitas Indonesia).

Traditional Healing
Panel Coordinator: Sri Murni (Universitas Indonesia)

Modern Medicine Sub-culture in Hospital Settings
Panel Coordinator: Meutia F. Swasono and Jajang Gunawijaya (Universitas Indonesia)


  1. Spatial analysis of health services accessibility of for pregnant women: Case Studies in Central Java [Sofyan Cholid, Sari Viciawati, Annisah, & Johanna Debora Imelda]
  2. Pendekatan Komprehensif Untuk Menurunkan Angka Kematian Ibu Di Indonesia: Mengapa Pendekatan Promotif Diperlukan? [Sari Viciawati, Sofyan Cholid, Annisah, & Johanna Debora Imelda]
  3. The Meaning of Beliatnt Sentiyu Ritual [Sri Murni]
  4. Comprehensive Coordination of Social Environment to Strengthen Social Function of Children Living with HIV/AIDS [Djoemelia Rasanti, Idris Ahmad, Syadza Alifa, Sri Mashoedi, Arini Deswanti, Annisah, & Johanna Debora Imelda]
  5. Pemberdayaan Keluarga sebagai Upaya Mempertahankan Survival Anak dengan HIV/AIDS [Annisah,  S.F. Mashoedi, D. Djoekardi,  A.D. Deswanti, Idris Ahmad, S. Alifa, & Johanna Debora Imelda]
  6. Negative Reinforcement dalam Meningkatkan Kepatuhan Minum Obat Anak dengan HIV/AIDS di Indonesia [Alifa, Annisah,  S.F. Mashoedi, D. Djoekardi,  A.D. Deswanti, I. Ahmad, Johanna Debora Imelda]
  7. Positive Deviance Study to Enhance Quality of Life and Extend Life Expectancy of Children Living with HIV/AIDS [Johanna Debora Imelda, Djoemelia Rasanti, Idris Ahmad, Syadza Alifa, Sri Mashoedi, Arini Deswanti, Annisah]