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August 22, 2014
By Trina Jones More than three years ago, the Gunung Palung community came to ASRI with a radical idea. Why not have an advocate, drawn from the community leaders in each village around the park that could work with loggers one-on-one to find alternative livelihood activities and sources of income? What emerged was the Forest…
August 5, 2014
By Dr. Kinari Webb Sometimes you start things but you have no idea where they will go. That is what happened when we hired Ibu Hamisah to be one of our village health workers six years ago. She was a shy woman from a village about half an hour away from our clinic who had very…
July 30, 2014
By Kelsey Hartman, Health In Harmony Communications Associate Monica Ruth Nirmala, DDS is part of a proud, if new, tradition in Borneo: dentists saving the rainforest. This month, she follows in the footsteps of internationally celebrated dentist and conservation inspiration Dr. Hotlin Ompusunggu by becoming the Executive Director of Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI). How did…
It’s hard to plan for medical emergencies, especially in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, where many villages are 2-12 hours away from surgical facilities over roads or impassable rivers. So when emergencies happen, villagers must choose between healthcare and food, or turn to the dangerous work of illegal logging to pay their bills, denuding critical rainforests and habitat and provoking catastrophic flooding of their agricultural land.
We have a solution: the ASRI Community Health Center, which we’re currently fundraising $1.2 million to build.
Human and environmental health are inextricably linked: healthy people create a healthy planet. When families must choose between saving a child or saving a rainforest, we all suffer. Health In Harmony provides a sustainable, long-term solution that helps individuals and communities to protect the natural resources that keep the planet healthy.
Healthcare is a powerful tool that enables individuals and communities to be healthy and to use their natural resources in more sustainable ways. Our approach makes it possible for families to pay for high-quality healthcare through conservation-oriented non-cash means; this approach is improving human health, reducing environmental destruction, and creating relationships that support long-term change. It is an exchange that benefits the whole planet.