Professor Dr. Sulianti Saroso, the Women on Google Doodle Who Helped Vulnerable People Access Health Services 

Professor Dr. Julie Sulianti Saroso was one of the first female doctors in Indonesia who dedicated her life to helping vulnerable communities gain access to quality healthcare. Today, Google Doodle commemorates the birthday of Professor Dr. Julie Sulianti Saroso. 

Sulianti Saroso was born on this day May, 10, 1917 in Karangasem, Bali. Her father who was also a doctor inspired her to study medicine from an early age. Sulianti Saroso obtained her medical degree from the Genesis Hooge School in 1942 and continued her studies in Europe and the United States. There, she completed several advanced degrees in public health.

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Professor Dr. Saroso also received a scholarship from the World Health Organization (WHO) to study maternal and child health systems across Europe. After returning to Indonesia in 1952, she helped bring family planning education to Indonesia. Shortly after her return, she joined the Ministry of Health to lead a program to improve access to health care for women, children, and villagers.  

After a long and successful career in public health, Professor Dr. Saroso began teaching at Airlangga University in 1969 and helped train generations of doctors and health workers. Later, she became the second female President of the World Health Assembly and served on several prominent organizations, including the World Health Organization’s Committee of Experts on Maternal and Child Health, the United Nations Commission on Community Development in African Countries, and the Indonesian National Commission on Women.


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