Guest blog by Dr. Yuliana Jeng
"The sky is dark without the stars tonight. Still, I can hear the sound of rain falling down to the ground. I always love this moment. While I was watching the rain through my window, I remember our lovely six year old patient, a little boy named Yasir."
- Dr. Yuli
Richard Ramer found his way to Health In Harmony three years ago when his brother, Andrew Ramer, introduced him to Dr. Kinari Webb. Richard is the head of RAMER Architecture, Inc., an award-winning firm based out of Santa Monica, CA known for sustainable design and LEED certified projects.
Guest blog by Dr. Krista Farey
Coming to Sukadana has been a blast of hot humid air, and warm new friends. As soon as I arrived and was situated in the "girls' house" off we went on our bikes. Imagine my surprise, arriving from San Francisco, to what I had heard was arguably one of the most corrupt and disaster-prone countries of the world, to learn that we had no bike locks. Not needed in Sukadana, they said, and besides, these are ASRI bikes. The "girls" were confident that there is so much respect for ASRI in the community that no one would mess with an ASRI bike.
The Clinic sees more patients every year
And we need to make room for the steadily-increasing number of patients. The high volume of patients is evidenced in long wait times for treatment and crowded waiting areas (indoor and out).
We are launching a campaign to build a full-service Community Health and Training Center at ASRI.
Today, the ASRI Clinic is crowded far beyond capacity. Patients have long waiting times for treatment, and in some cases must return another day. Moreover, the clinic lacks facilities to treat more serious injuries and emergencies, or to provide simple surgeries and inpatient care.
Guest blog by Chris Woerner
Waking up in Sukadana for me is an auditory adventure in itself. From the distant rainforest the exotic siren-like whoops and howls of the kelempiau, the White Faced Gibbons, drift through the mist into my window. Closer by, the cheerful, bubbly song of the Yellow-Vented Bulbul perched outside in shrubbery contrasts with the surprisingly loud, harsh croaking of the Cik-Cak gecko in the rafters above my head. Suddenly a new sound begins: the powerful soul-stirring wail of human song: the morning “Call to Prayer” coming from the village mosque.
We are excited to announce a milestone achievement in our long-term forest conservation effort, as ASRI prepares to break ground for a larger, fully equipped health center.
ASRI’s initial community survey identified two crucial issues that contribute to illegal logging in the park. (1) The lack of alternative livelihoods, which prompted ASRI’s program of training in sustainable farming. (2) The lack of access to affordable health care -- because medical costs are a primary driver of household debt and thus of illegal logging.