Health in Harmony - Saving Forests • Saving Lives

 

Project ASRI

ASRI1Health In Harmony partners with Alam Sehat Lestari (www.alamsehatlestari.org), an Indonesian non-profit organization co-founded by Dr. Kinari Webb, Dr. Hotlin Ompusunggu and Dr. Antonia Gorog. The Indonesian name Alam Sehat Lestari means “Healthy Nature Everlasting,” and its acronym, ASRI, means “Harmoniously Balanced.” ASRI works with local communities to integrate high-quality, affordable health care with strategies to protect the threatened rain forests of Gunung Palung National Park.

True to its name, and true to Health In Harmony’s mission, ASRI combines health care, conservation, environmental education, and training in alternative livelihoods and medicine in Sukadana, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. You can read more about each program by clicking the links on the left. Or, to download a PDF with profiles of the many beneficiaries of ASRI – from patients, to farmers, to foresters, children to aged widows – click here (document crafted by volunteer Katie Holmes).

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Daily news brings us stories of individuals, families and national health systems in crisis. A quieter, deeper crisis hums beneath these stories – one in which basic human needs and the integrity of the natural environment are pitted against each other.

In West Kalimantan, Indonesia, poor health and grinding poverty push human populations to engage in illegal logging for survival. When families in Indonesia must log tropical forests to pay for basic needs such as health care, the impacts are manifold: habitat for rare and endangered species is destroyed; fields are flooded and crops destroyed; increased standing water increases the incidence of diseases like malaria and dengue fever; and the degradation of global air quality impacts all of us, across the planet.

Because we believe that human and environmental health are inextricably linked, our work encompasses multiple fields of impact. It is at the intersection of these that the health of the whole – the whole person as well as the health of the whole planet – is achieved.

Children from a village near Gunung Palung National Park who receive healthcare from Klinik ASRI | Photo by: David Werner

Children from a village near Gunung Palung National Park who receive healthcare from Klinik ASRI | Photo by: David Werner

We’re working to provide an innovative, effective solution that empowers individuals to safeguard their own health and the health of their families, while preserving the natural environment. We do this through a holistic system and a growing constellation of programs that address the root causes of poor health.

As a pilot project, ASRI tests the concepts on which Health In Harmony was founded, and will serve as a model for replication in other parts of the world.

 

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