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An Overdue Return to Gunung Palung

Feb 10th, 2016
Professor Gavin at the summit of Gunung Palung

By Daniel Gavin, Associate Professor in Geography at the University of Oregon Just a month after receiving my undergraduate degree I took a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to the Borneo rain forest as a research assistant in Gunung Palung National Park. For over a year I helped run Cabang Panti field station, traveled its many…

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Joining the ASRI Family

Feb 3rd, 2016
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By Edward Pranoto, an Indonesian medical student living in Australia who volunteered at the ASRI Clinic in fall of 2015 The months leading up to my departure were quite often filled with trepidation. Despite being fluent in Bahasa and being relatively familiar with the local culture, there is always something about going alone into the…

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What We’re Reading: January 2016

Jan 27th, 2016
via The Guardian (Photo: Peter van der Sleen)

1. “The solution for melting polar ice caps may be hiding in the rainforest” by Dr. Paul Salaman at The Guardian When it comes to climate change, many of the best solutions require a long-term commitments. While this is important, a recent peer-reviewed commentary in Nature Climate Change suggests that protecting and planting trees is a faster…

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A Hospital That Saves Lives…And Trees

Jan 6th, 2016
Former logger, Pak Usuf now works as a security guard on ASRI's hospital construction site.

By Annie Jones, On-Site Communications Manager, and Erica Pohnan, ASRI’s Conservation Program Manager An open invitation to the villages calling all loggers for hire for construction on ASRI’s new Community Hospital Training Center (CHTC) is taking sustainable construction to the next level. Well before ASRI broke ground on the CHTC, the staff had made sure…

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What We’re Reading: Staff Picks For 2015

Dec 30th, 2015
Photo: Deepa Agashe

For our last What We’re Reading of the year, we’ve rounded up our staff’s favorite articles of the year. What were your favorite picks of 2015? Trina’s Pick: “Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on planetary health” at The Lancet “This piece demonstrated to me that the world is…

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A Health In Harmony Volunteer Goes to COP21

Dec 16th, 2015
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By Latha Swamy, Health In Harmony Volunteer Climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century. If you are on this page, you have probably heard or read this statement before. Most recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) released this call to action in the lead up to the UN Climate Negotiations…

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Letter from the Founder: Has It Really Been 10 Years?

Nov 20th, 2015
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Dear Friends, Wow! It’s been ten years since Health In Harmony started. I still find that very hard to believe. Ten years ago in February, Cam Webb (currently ASRI’s Conservation Advisor) and I were in Aceh helping after the tsunami and we were horrified to see not only the trauma, but how few of the…

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This August, join us on a journey to Borneo to see ASRI for yourself and experience the hospital's soft opening. Hurry! Space is limited.