This month marked the first round of patient visits for Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI)'s mobile clinic team in their new truck! The mobile clinic team climbed aboard and headed to a small village called Pangkalan Jihing.  Loaded up with blood pressure monitors, eyeglasses, dental equipment, and everything in between, the new truck was ready for its long ride through the forest.

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We sat down with Dr. Nomi, a 5 year veteran of the clinic at Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI), our Indonesian partner organization. She recently left ASRI to return home and continue her studies, with the goal of becoming a radiologist. But before she moved on, Dr. Nomi shared insights from her experience treating patients and transforming lives at ASRI.

Q: Can you share some of the things you’ve learned?
Dr. Nomi:  Here, I learned to treat not only the patient, but the family. Because the patients sometimes aren’t the only one who need to be taken care of.  I learned to not just see the patient as a patient, but as a human – as someone who lives with their family and their environment. [I learned] to see the whole web of connections with that patient, their environment, and their condition.

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Health In Harmony Program Director Ashley Emerson recently visited Borneo and brought back this update from our next program site there:

Dear Friends of Health In Harmony,

I recently returned from an extended trip to Borneo to work with our partner Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) and support the launch of our second site in the beautiful rain forest communities of Bukit Baka Bukit Rya National Park (BBBR).
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February's latest and greatest reads on environmental conservation, global health, and everything in between.

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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.

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We're back with another edition of Research Rundown! This month, Health In Harmony Research Director, Bethany Kois, interviewed Herfina Nababan, a volunteer who recently returned to ASRI after seven years to conduct 71 in-person interviews with members of the community for a realist evaluation aimed at uncovering Health In Harmony's theory of the change. Below she shares how ASRI has changed since her last trip, and what brought her back after so many years! Read More

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Our partner ASRI's Community Hospital and Training Center is more than 75% complete, poised to serve over 100,000 people living in the Kayong Utara Regency. This hospital will allow ASRI to offer surgeries and treat emergency patients so that nobody needs to be transferred to the public hospital hours away. Check out the latest photos of construction progress courtesy of visiting photographer Roni Bintang. Thank you to all of our supporters who've made this dream possible!

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Rural health care in Indonesia is in crisis right now. Consider these statistics: The life expectancy in Indonesia is 67 years old. Only 5% of the population is currently over the age of 65. In addition, approximately a third of children under 5 suffer from stunted growth. Diarrheal disease, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and polio are some of the most common killers among Indonesians.

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In honor of Women's Health Week this week, we are sharing some of our project partner ASRI's great work for and by women in the clinic.

Women are not only patients at Klinik ASRI: we have a strong tradition of female healthcare providers - and leaders. After all, Health In Harmony and ASRI were co-founded by three inspiring women, Dr. Kinari Webb, Dr. Hotlin Ompusunggu, and Antonia Gorog. Today, all three doctors at the Klinik are women, as are four of the 8 nurses, and 11 of the 12 extraordinary village healthcare workers helping end tuberculosis around Gunung Palung National Park.

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“Capacity building” is believing in and creating the means to fulfill and express great potential. While it is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot, it’s something  to which we and our project partner ASRI are deeply committed.

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2013 has been a big year for Health In Harmony and our project partner ASRI! We are deeply grateful for all you, our supporters, have made possible this year. Check out our highlights:

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