After more than 10 years in Indonesian Borneo supporting our pilot program, ASRI, the Health In Harmony team is broadening our horizon, taking our win-win approach to the next level. We’re set to expand the reach and impact of this human and environmental health programming. Our goal is to positively impact additional high-value ecosystems globally.
We are doing so through a 3-pronged strategy:
1. Expansion of our operational footprint to new sites to protect additional high-value ecosystems while gathering further evidence about the effectiveness of our model
We plan to replicate according to a Wheel Model – building regional hubs of increased investment and activity that support smaller, satellite projects (spokes) and partnerships across geographic zones. Our Borneo program, captained by our Indonesian partner, Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI), is our first hub and will be adding 2-4 spokes in 2018.
In addition to the ASRI hub in West Borneo, our aim is to start two new hubs in 2018. We are currently evaluating multiple sites across Indonesia, the Philippines, and Madagascar.
2. Establishment of a Planetary Health Training Center in Borneo to demonstrate our impact, and to teach/learn from others about Planetary Health
Health In Harmony alone cannot cover the diversity of ecosystems around the world - so we are initiating a Planetary Health Training Center inside our partner ASRI’s Community Hospital and Training Center.
This is an ambitious undertaking for us, and we currently have the support of Yale School of Medicine and Stanford University to develop a new curriculum where researchers, students (e.g., forestry, nursing, medical, business), conservation NGOs, private corporations, social entrepreneurs and pracademics could come to see Planetary Health in action. We are currently seeking partners to co-create and finance this program.
3. Exploring new technology-enabled solutions for amplifying our model
Such as the use of mobile applications for disseminating health-conservation education and our radical listening methodology, and mobile apps facilitating increased market access for alternative livelihoods, as well as other IT solutions such as telemedicine, and IT-based mechanisms for linking community-determined solutions with the global resources to realize them.
Stay tuned for more updates. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more - contact Kari.
*Photo credit: Katie Homes