Dec 09, 2022 Last Updated 6:29 AM, Nov 29, 2022

Health

Skin deep

Young Indonesians struggle to resist the power of the skin whitening industry

Prison cum hostel?

A political economy of drugs thrives inside one of Indonesia’s most notorious prisons

Policy drift

Ten years after Suharto, the economy is not recovering fast enough

Deals and denial

Who is really responsible for Indonesia's drug epidemic?

Eight years after 1999

Displaced East Timorese children go hungry in Indonesian West Timor

Gay identities

Modern gay men in Indonesia learn to live alongside traditional concepts of homosexuality. DEDE OETOMO explains.

Of money and trees: a 19th-century growth triangle

Unbridled money freely crosses borders and destroys Sumatra's pristine environment.... The 1990s? No, the 1850s, writes FREEK COLOMBIJN.

Preventing AIDS

The epidemic is spreading more slowly than once feared, but OCTAVERY KAMIL still wants better resources for prevention work.

Rationality and the clitorectomy

A Spanish enquirer gets the catechism in an exclusive Jakarta suburb. MARGARET COFFEY was there too.

No nightmares in Aceh

Acehnese have no word for nightmare, but the trauma of the conflict years is nightly visited upon many survivors through their dreams.

Crisis is bad for your health

Crisis is bad for your health

Teenage pregnancy

PIKIR is working hard to give pregnant teenagers real choices

AIDS education

The government works with waria in South Sulawesi

Solution or problem?

The regulation of traditional medicine has had unintended consequences

Jamu for the ills of modernity?

Jamu is evolving to meet modern needs

Shrinking penis disease

The mysteries of koro puzzle doctors, but dukun come to the rescue

Time honoured remedies for uncertain times

The traditional healers of contemporary East Java

Free clinic for street children

Street children learn to value their health in Yogyakarta

Surf Aid groundswell builds

Surfers rally to help the people of the Mentawai Islands

The long campaign

Malaria remains a major health policy challenge in Indonesia

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