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Jakarta Post

Decentralization helps Bali improve healthcare services

  • Hyginus Hardoyo

    The Jakarta Post

Sanur   /   Sat, November 15 2008   /  11:03 am

Amid the many failures and deviations when it comes to implementing autonomy in regions throughout Indonesia, Bali has managed to take advantage of the opportunities, a lecturer of state-run Udayana University says. The ability to make the most of opportunities, which were made possible after the downfall of the authoritarian New Order administration in the late 1990s, has enabled the local administration to reach their potential in nearly all sectors of development, A.A Gde Muninjaya said Thursday. Muninjaya spoke at a panel discussion entitled "Decentralization and Autonomy in Bali: Challenges and Opportunities for Community Health", which was part of a three-day conference being held until Saturday by the East-West Center in Sanur, Bali. Muninjaya said decentralization in response to the passage and implementation of the Autonomy Law in 1999 and 2001, followed by health secto...