A fundamental part of Health In Harmony’s mission is to improve the health of the people we serve. By building the Community Hospital and Training Centerin rural West Borneo, Indonesia, our organization, in partnership with ASRI, is able to provide the education and services that Indonesians need to provide health care in Indonesia, allowing people to stay healthy and live longer.
Life Expectancy of Indonesians
According to the World Health Organization, the life expectancy in Indonesia is 67 years old among men and 71 years old among women.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the top ten causes of death for men and women are:
2. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
4. Hypertension heart disease
5. Ischemic heart disease
6. Kidney disease
7. Lower respiratory infections
8. Road injury
Many of these causes of death are preventable, such as cirrhosis, hypertension heart disease, road injury, and stroke. Education about healthy eating, exercising, and road safety can help reduce the risks. Many medical professionals are well-equipped to deliver this information to their patients in a manner that they can understand and respect.
Health In Harmony’s Indonesian partner program, ASRI, recruits and trains talented medical professionals to educate communities living around Gunung Palung National Park about some of the most common diseases and ailments. Education is a fundamental part of interaction with patients. Health education is provided to patients when they are in the waiting room for a routine medical appointment, throughout their visit, and in their villages. Through educational programs, people who do not visit the hospital regularly can still receive the knowledge they need to improve health care in Indonesia in general, to lve longer and be more healthy..
UNICEF reports that worldwide, 27 million children die before their first birthday and 40 million pregnant women do not receive their immunizations simply because they are overlooked. The average immunization rate in Indonesia is 72%. About 2,400 children die daily from illnesses such as measles, pertussis, tetanus, diphtheria, and tuberculosis, which can be prevented with immunizations.
According to Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliana, the UNICEF Representative in Indonesia, “This is a shocking tragedy that does not have to happen. It reflects systemic problems at district level and below, and the need for the national level to be funded adequately to support and maintain close supervision of an immunization programme in Indonesia.”
ASRI has improved immunization rates in West Borneo through monthly immunization days at the clinic and vaccinating children on mobile clinic trips to some of the most remote villages around Gunung Palung National Park. In 2015 alone, ASRI administered 216 immunizations in the community. We strive to ensure that all patients are up to date on all of their vaccines.
Through education, routine physicals, medications, medical procedures, and immunizations, we are improving health care in Indonesia and saving the lives of Indonesians who might not otherwise have access to high-quality health care services. With continued medical care and the opening of our Community Hospital and Training Center we hope to help families live long, healthy lives without compromising their long-term well-being.
You can help us with a donation today. With your help, we can provide high-quality and affordable healthcare to the communities that need it most.