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We’ve been published

Health In Harmony’s work was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

This Stanford-led study showed that accessible healthcare could be key to solving the climate crisis, concluded after a ten-year analysis of our work in Bornean Indonesia, alongside Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI), and in partnership with local rainforest communities.

“This innovative model has clear global health implications. […] Health and climate can and should be addressed in unison, and done in coordination with and respect for local communities.”

Michele Barry, Senior Associate Dean of Global Health at Stanford

Key results include:

  • Deforestation in Gunung Palung National Park declined by 70%
  • $65.3M in above ground carbon protected
  • 90% reduction in number of households relying on logging as a primary income source
  • 67% reduction in infant mortality
  • By 2012, more than 97% of surveyed households said they believed accessible healthcare was reducing illegal logging

This study was peer reviewed by Stanford University. Authors include Isabel J. Jones, Andrew J. MacDonald, Skylar R. Hopkins, Andrea J. Lund, Zac Yung-Chun Liu, Nurul Ihsan Fawzi, Mahardika Putra Purba, Katie Fankhauser, Andrew J. Chamberlin, Monica Nirmala, Arthur G. Blundell, Ashley Emerson, Jonathan Jennings, Lynne Gaffikin, Michele Barry, David Lopez-Carr, Kinari Webb, Giulio A. De Leo, and Susanne H. Sokolow.

Read the full paper

Improving rural health care reduces illegal logging and conserves carbon in a tropical forest

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