The ASRI Clinic provides health care services at affordable rates, even offering non-cash payment options such as seedlings for reforestation, organic manure for sustainable farming, and native handicrafts (which we sell at Cargo Inc in Portland if you’re interested in purchasing!). The key piece is a “green credit” system, whereby villages not involved in illegal logging (verified by logging monitoring staff) receive discounts up to 70% on health care services. This system allows people to protect the resources they value, without having to worry about their families’ health and security.
Since 2007, the clinic has treated tens of thousands of patients, with the help of the mobile clinic that travels to isolated villages. ASRI provides medical care ranging from dental, vision, and general care for health issues seen around the world like diabetes and hypertension to poverty-related and tropical diseases like dengue fever. ASRI also runs a Directly Observed Therapy Shortcourse (DOTS) treatment program for tuberculosis and leprosy patients that requires near-daily visits, but has an unheard of 0% dropout rate!
ASRI has a packed waiting room every day and sees many cases of trauma or emergency medicine that they currently are unable to treat as they lack surgical, intensive care, and emergency facilities. These cases must often be transferred to distant locations over rough roads in our ambulance. To address this issue, Health In Harmony and ASRI are currently constructing a Community Hospital and Training Center, which will provide expanded medical services and the capacity to treat more patients from the region.
Patients often come to ASRI first because of the reputation for treating patients with compassion and a high standard of care. The clinic is run by an entirely Indonesian staff, trained by Western medical professionals who volunteer a minimum of six weeks on site and work in a learning exchange environment with our physicians and nurses. Providing high-quality care is not only an aim in itself, but a healthier population with fewer and lower medical bills has less incentive to log to pay for expensive or emergency treatments.
The clinic was designed to serve as a completely integrated, community-focused resource and, in addition to medical services, provides weekly education about environmental conservation and hygiene.
*Photo credit: Bryan Watt