Thanks to the support of our generous donors, our partner Alam Sehat Lestari’s (ASRI) clinic in West Kalimantan provides an array of women’s health services, including obstetrics, maternity care, family planning, and vaccines for both women and newborns. They’ve also implemented new educational programs to provide materials to all of the moms and children that come to ASRI, not only for delivery services but also for general maternal and child health.
Karen Ruby Brown CNM, MSN, a midwife working and living in San Diego, CA found her way to ASRI via the Osborne Foundation, which is dedicated to improving both environmental and maternal-child health and has been one of ASRI's most ardent supporters since 2007.
Earlier this month, I spoke with Diane Dakin, a family doctor based in Olympia, Washington who recently volunteered at ASRI, helping to train newly-graduated Indonesian doctors and organizing a training for local midwives.
She's been working as a family doctor for the past 28 years, including over 25 years doing low-risk obstetrics. She estimates she's delivered over 1,000 babies! I asked her how she heard of Health In Harmony, and she told me the story of chance connections that led her to volunteer. In her own words, "It was a coming together of all sorts of little connections, that made it seem like, 'I should look into this place!' … I was reading the Yale alumni magazine, and I saw an article about a woman – Kinari Webb, the founder of ASRI - who initially had been an orangutan researcher. Since my youngest son was studying chimps, I was interested, so I read it… Later, after medical school, it turned out that she had gone to the same family practice residency that I had gone to many years earlier. I thought, 'the ASRI program sounds really interesting,' and knowing that I had a sabbatical coming up, I wrote and asked if they needed a Family Medicine volunteer and they said 'sure!'"
All photos by family doctor Diane Dakin, a volunteer with Health In Harmony at ASRI. Click on any photo to see slideshow (you may need to wait a moment for photos to load).