“My involvement starts with my admiration and enthusiasm for the leadership of Kinari, who I have known since her medical student days. And the team that she surrounded herself with, they struck me as people with ideas that our society should be listening to. I was always taken with remarkable conceit, the idea that one could trade health care to commitments to saving rain forests. Then to see the marvelous effectiveness of how health care is being delivered, especially how it has become a center for training, it is helping guarantee the delivery of excellent health care.”
- Dr. Thomas Duffy, a professor from the Yale School of Medicine, who sponsored an out-patient room
It is 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 $1.4 million Health In Harmony Capital Campaign to build the ASRI Community Hospital and Training Center and sustain programs. The original design for the building was put together as a Georgia Tech Architectural School project with additional modifications by Vera Yusnita, an Indonesian architect on staff, Roberto Cipriano, an architect who left his high-paying job in NYC to volunteer time towards the completion of the hospital plans and Richard Ramer, who has been instrumental in finalizing designs. It’s a model of smart, sustainable design and energy efficiency, featuring fifteen beds, two operating rooms, a TB quarantine ward, lab, pharmacy, neonatal nursery and more. And it will allow us to provide more services that function as powerful incentives for villagers to protect Gunung Palung National Park, rather than destroy it for its wood and the small economic gains logging brings to local households.
Help us build it. Contribute to the capital campaign today.
Additionally, it will act as a “motherhouse” for Health In Harmony. A place to train doctors in our philosophy; using healthcare as an incentive, we are able to protect natural resources and change the face of global health through community input. The training center will allow physicians from across the globe to open clinics near other natural treasures and help create a healthy planet.
We will soon have the final drawings of the building to post here, alongside room naming and other sponsorship opportunities. Stay tuned!
Important features of the new ASRI Community Health Center include:
- facilities within patient rooms for the patient’s family to sleep comfortably
- easy access to ASRI’s organic garden and seedling nursery, where family members may choose to work during a patient’s stay to pay their medical bills
- isolation rooms for patients with tuberculosis
- an upstairs eat-and-meet space with a view onto the national park
- open, covered walkways that pass through green gardens between sections of the health center
- construction aimed at maximizing use of natural light
- solar power as a backup energy source for critical electrical needs
- equipment such as vaccine refrigerators and blood bank, entirely solar-powered