Every 12th of November Indonesia celebrates National Health Day. This started as the government’s effort to get malaria out of Indonesia.
In the 1950s malaria started to be an epidemic in Indonesia. The disease killed hundreds of thousand people back then.
Malaria control at that time was using DDT that sprayed to all the houses in Java, Bali and Lampung. WHO and USAID also participated in the surveillance.
President Soekarno did the initial symbolic spray in Yogyakarta on the 12 November 1959 and ever since then this date becomes the National Health Day in Indonesia.
Nowadays the date is celebrated as a day to remind Indonesians to live a healthier lifestyle. This year’s theme is “Moving Forward with Healthy Generation”. There is doubt that we can not be productive without good health.