Health in Harmony - Saving Forests • Saving Lives

“It is so important to have the option for surgeries here. When my mother was pregnant last year she had to have a C-section. She had to travel two hours to the hospital and then there were complications. We had to cut down 90 of our Durian trees to pay her hospital bills.”

Capital Campaign for the Community Hospital and Training Center

hospital model

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.

Artist’s rendering of proposed ASRI hospital

Artist’s rendering of proposed ASRI hospital, designed by Georgia Tech College of Architecture

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.

Coming soon!

Room elevation drawing for ASRI Hospital

Louvered windows and openings help to maximize natural light and views to nature.

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

Will you help with a contribution?

Plan view drawing of typical patient room in ASRI Hospital

Plan view drawing of a typical patient room in ASRI Hospital, featuring natural light, a family zone, and handrails. 

 

 

Until October 31 all gifts will be doubled up to $15,000 to build a Radiology room in the Community Hospital and Training Center. Contribute today!