Our Story

What we do today

The Foundation for Mother and Child Health (FMCH), known locally as Yayasan Balita Sehat, is a non governmental organisation based in Jakarta and part of the global FMCH family with offices in the UK and India. The overall aim of FMCH is to help children reach their potential by alleviating poverty and malnutrition. We achieve this through our work in local communities by providing programmes focused on health, nutrition, education and sustainable skills training. A not-for- profit independent organisation, we work with socially and/or financially disadvantaged communities regardless of their race, creed or gender.


Initially established in Jakarta by Barbara Jayson, MBE, a British nurse who was an expatriate in Jakarta, it has now grown into an organisation that provides support and educational programmes for Indonesian mothers and their children living in both urban and rural communities. FMCH Indonesia is now fully run by Indonesian paid staff members and assisted by international and local volunteers.

  • 2001: we opened a mother-and- child centre in South Jakarta and became a registered charity under Indonesian law.
  • XXXX: Aceh
  • XXXX: Padang
  • XXXX: published first edition of Family Guide to Jakarta
  • XXXX: created education programme
  • 2007: West Timor
  • XXXX: created health education programme
  • XXXX: HERproject
  • XXXX: we opened the mother-and- child centre in Bojonggede, a per-urban area on the outskirts of Jakarta