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Medical Assistance for the undernourished

Malnutrition refers to getting too little or too much of certain nutrients

What we do: Assistance to people in case of malnutrition problems

What is malnutrition and how does it affect a person’s overall health? in rural areas

Extract | Social consequences of malnutrition. Undernourished children have weaker immune systems and are thus more susceptible to infections and illnesses. Long-term insufficient nutrient intake and frequent infections can cause stunting, whose effects in terms of delayed motor and cognitive development are largely irreversible.

In Indonesia, 8.4 million children are stunted or excessively small for their age, and suffer from chronic malnutrition.

It is the underlying factor that contributes to almost half of the deaths of children under five.

Malnutrition can lead to a weakened immune system, which means children are more vulnerable to disease. These diseases can exacerbate malnutrition, creating a vicious cycle of malnutrition and disease.

Fair Future and Kawan Baik, as part of their medical activities in the regions of the far east of the country, are very actively occupied and concerned about the situation of people, especially children and other so-called vulnerable people, in terms of access. to healthy food, but also to clean water. Without water, it is difficult if not impossible to cook and eat healthily.

It goes without saying that access to healthy nutrition, without being specific, remains one of the major challenges in reducing child mortality, particularly in regions affected by water shortages, or seriously affected by it. pest invasions that are likely to destroy a cornfield, in. month of 15 minutes.

Quick facts about malnutrition

In some very rural areas, Fair Future is carrying out projects to prevent malnutrition by creating community gardens. Program implicitly linked to access to water.

The use of local resources will be used to prevent children and other so-called “vulnerable” people from falling ill. In our daily medical activities, Fair Future sets up outpatient clinics and anticipates the annual seasons of shortages, such as the rainy season or the one where pests are very present.

Our social and medical teams also adopt a preventive approach by distributing a nutritional supplement to people at risk, by ensuring the implementation of other diseases prevention initiatives, such as COVID-19, Tuberculosis, Dengue fever, and Malaria.

Go there, to their homes where no one ever goes

Without saying that “the majority of children could be cared for at home by their families”, it is an established fact that Fair Future seeks above all. Or idealize! Take care of yourself in your village, in your house.

This brings us directly to talking about medical centers here. Where we are active, care in a medical center is non-existent, too expensive, or simply closed for lack of personnel or medical equipment, drugs. Sometimes a medical center does not or no longer have access to water, or the people working there are no longer paid by the region or state.

The problem that Fair Future faces very often is that certain regions and villages are sometimes impossible to access, hence the creation of the “Truck of Life” program, which allows us to go wherever nobody goes.

Providing care in the villages is therefore essential. This strategy can result in cure rates of over 90% and reduce referral to non-existent hospital care.

What are the effects of malnutrition during pregnancy?

Maternal malnutrition increases the risk of poor pregnancy outcomes including obstructed labour, premature or low-birth-weight babies, and postpartum hemorrhage. Severe anemia during pregnancy is linked to increased mortality at labour. Low birth weight is a significant contributor to infant mortality.

What are the impacts of malnutrition?

People who are poor are more likely to be affected by different forms of malnutrition. Also, malnutrition increases health care costs, reduces productivity, and slows economic growth, which can perpetuate a cycle of poverty and ill-health

What do we do? A local recipe to fight against malnutrition

Most of the families in the outermost regions in which Fair Future is involved produce their own food. But the lack of knowledge of good culinary practices, the weight of tradition, the multiple displacements of the population associated with the low purchasing power of households mean that the family’s diet is little or not diversified: White rice, chilis, salts; that’s all. Adults, the elderly, pregnant women, and young children are subjected to the same diet, often monotonous and poor, resulting in malnutrition in children and disease in others. This poor diet also decreases the ability of parents to fight against childhood illnesses.

The key to eating healthier and staying healthy is having water: For gardening, growing vegetables and cooking them.

Fair Future thinks and acts globally but by imagining and implementing local actions, with existing resources. This by increasing the knowledge of people living in these regions in which, more than 8 months a year, it is difficult to find something to eat.

We drill wells, create gardens using local seeds, how to treat your garden in a healthy way, without pesticides for example. Improving the quantities harvested also makes it possible to eat healthily, but to sell part of the harvest at the local market. Thus it will increase income for families, allowing other crops and harvests and market sales; while improving their living and health conditions.

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Fair Future works every day to improve the living conditions of rural communities in eastern Indonesia.

One of the Foundation's tasks is to ensure equitable access to water in quantity and quality, in order to prevent diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and poliomyelitis. With, for children and vulnerable people, a high mortality rate., and maintain lives and livelihoods. This is to reduce environmental risks to health, by managing sanitation safely and with dignity. Still, the foundation seeks to involve women and men in the management of water resources, in sanitation by the implementation of safe hygiene practices in order to maximize the benefits for their communities.

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Whether it is to fight against famine, diseases linked to the lack of clean water, the lack of sanitation system, the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, respiratory diseases linked to air pollution, tuberculosis, or any other form of recurrent illness, Fair Future does what it can to best help populations in need.

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Fair Future teams intervene to provide care, including in situations of social and natural disasters, how and why we adapt our activities to each. We have developed emergency actions that have been implemented in the fields of health, access to drinking water, food, and medical care, and have coordinated a multitude of actions since their different medico-social Base Camps. Our teams of professionals fight every day against epidemics and serious illnesses, due to lack of water, food, hygiene, and care for children or pregnant women and vulnerable people.

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Fair Future and Kawan Baik Indonesia Foundation incorporate in all its choices and decisions taken in the context of its actions and field programs, the notions of risks for communities, what is good or bad for them, for people, children, and villages. And for years, we have for mission to develop, support, and create humanitarian programs and actions linked to education, training, and medical care. This is why Fair Future and Kawan Baik Indonesia have created Rumah Kambera, our Base Camp in the Eastern part of Indonesia.

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After building a new school, bigger, stronger, with materials resistant to storms, bad weather, earthquakes, Fair Future and Kawan Baik, as part of the program, we named “Rebuild MbinuDita “, continue to provide basic things for the lives of thousands of people there.

The program “Rebuild MbinuDita” is to give access to clean water to all the inhabitants of the community, but also to medical care, to healthy food through the creation of organic gardens. These activities have no other objectives than to increase the quality of their life, to provide better health to people (especially children, vulnerable people, pregnant women), access to health and medical care, and for people to be able to increase their income.

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In the most inaccessible territories, live thousands of people who do not have access to the most basic needs in order to ensure them a healthier life, or basic medical care, access to drinking water so as not to be ill, or a source of light for reading or studying for children.

The Truck of Life program allows us to provide medical care and take children or even a doctor or dentist to the nearest town. Truck Of Life allows us to bring equipment, food, and drinking water to wherever no one goes while ensuring the safety of our volunteers and specialized collaborators.

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Massive pest attacks that destroy all crops and starve the people

In East Sumba, for several days now, grasshoppers have been destroying all crops, vegetable gardens, soybeans, and corn. For three years, it has come back regularly. During high population years, they feed and severely damage almost all crops, trees, shrubs, and vegetable gardens. We are in contact with the most affected populations who tell us how the fruit of their work, their fields But also their garden, are totally destroyed in a few minutes. The impact is enormous for these poor families since their income is not enough to buy food. Rice in particular is expensive, therefore corn harvests are very important and vital for families. A new trade is in the process of being born: The sale of grasshoppers by the kilo; this is in order to eat and be nourished. The price is IDR. 5,000,000.- per kilo, i.e. less than 50 cents.

Fair Future and Kawan Baik change the nature of water

Clean water is life, health, food, leisure, energy… Water covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface. It is in water that life on Earth began, so it is not surprising that all living things on our blue planet need water. Water is indeed many things: it is a vital need, a home, a local and global resource, a transport corridor, a climate regulator. And, over the past two centuries, it has become the end of the journey for many pollutants released into nature and a newly discovered mine rich in minerals to exploit. To continue enjoying the benefits of clean water and healthy oceans and rivers, we must fundamentally change the way we use and treat water.

There will always be people who live too far away, we are here to help them!

There are no toilets here, everyone practices open defecation. Furthermore, no one has direct access to water of any kind, and no access to a source of clean, drinkable water. Fair Future and Kawan Baik Foundations are changing that with the #waterconnections program, but there will always be people who live even further than far. We meet those people, all those families that we don’t forget. Thanks to all of you and our teams who are there, on the ground at the time of writing this line, they will also have access to one of our solutions, a borehole, a reservoir connected to the network…

Water is when we don’t have it that we realise how important it is!

Water we do not realize how important it is when we have access to it like that, by opening a simple tap and sometimes forgetting to close it. Water is when we don’t have it that we realize how important it is, how vital it is for our everyday life. So for a moment, let’s try to imagine what our life could be like without water. And if we have access to it, that this water is not consumable! This is what the families experience here, the children of all these villages in which Fair Future works almost 24 hours a day. The health of people, the prevention of diseases, the reduction of infant mortality, offering a better quality of life, food every day, a shower every day and for everyone are just a few aspects that oblige us to work and develop. innovative and sustainable solutions, relating to access to water in quantity and quality for families in the poorest and rural regions.

Magic works, construction continues, people are happy, there is water!

Having clean water close to home is a real challenge that Fair Future and Kawan Baik have taken on, so that the more than 2,200 villagers of Mbinudita can have clean water in their homes for the first time in their lives. This is so that everyone’s life is healthier, happier on all fronts, clearly more harmonious. Even if it is very hard physically, sometimes morally because we are isolated from everything and everyone, there is not a day during which we are not happy to be able to work within the framework of this immense project, one of the largest ever conducted by the Swiss foundation and its Indonesian twin sister, Kawan Baik Indonesia foundation.

Without or with very little water and food, it is very difficult to go to school!

Go to school, learn, concentrate, walk… All this with little water and food! This is the challenge faced by thousands of kids, their teachers and families. Not having enough water when you are a child, sometimes having to walk several kilometres to get to school. Not having enough to eat, not being able to wash. The difficulties of the teachers, their testimonies are revealing of the food, economic and access to water crisis which the children and their families have to face every day of their lives. Fair Future and Kawan Baik try to respond in the best possible way to these vital problems. Avoid malnutrition, improve health, provide access to a source of clean water so that children can go to school and learn in the best possible conditions.

Lifestyle habits: “-Because we’ve been doing it for a long time”

Pollution of streams and natural springs and everywhere. It is rare to find still pure sources whose water is not dangerous for health. Fair Future, within the framework of its prevention programs and access to better health, meets people from the most rural and poor regions of this immense country, offers affordable, simple and understandable solutions for all. At the same time, we are building clean water networks, we are drilling deep wells to provide access to quality water, in quantity, to families, children and vulnerable people.

The Water Crisis in Indonesia – Focus in Napu, Wunga, Sumba Timur

Drinking contaminated water can lead to serious health problems. Cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, scabies, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, trachoma, typhoid and paratyphoid fevers, hepatitis, malnutrition and poliomyelitis, significant metabolic fatigue causing disorders of all vital systems, to death.
In the long term, consumption of water loaded with heavy metals, pesticides, nitrates and other chemical components such as arsenic are likely to cause serious congenital malformations in newborns: Limb deformation, hydro-encephalitis and other physical or mental disabilities.

Water Connections, the ongoing project on the MbinuDita Site

Where are we with MbinuDita’s Water Connections project? What are the funds that we have already collected, those that we have already invested in this vital project like never before for more than 2000 people without access to clean water? We present to you via a small infographic what we have already done, what remains to be done and the schedule for the next steps.

For the #WaterConnections Program, we have raised 42% of the budget!

We want to thank all those who help us in this project and are proud to announce that we received in donations, approximately 42% of the total budget. We encourage you all to do even more to carry out this vital project for more than 200 families, more than 2000 people, women, and children who do not have access to clean water. Without water in quantity and quality, living conditions cannot improve and people become sick and die. Without water, there is no green, no blue, no life. Without water, there are no plants, no trees, no fruits, no vegetables, no food.

Common diseases we work on

Tuberculosis in Indonesia: A social disease affects the poorest communities, those living in difficult conditions. There are hundreds of thousands of new cases in Indonesia, such as HIV, which is not often mentioned here!

Dengue virus infection: DENV is a real major cause of acute febrile illness here. In the most affected regions, mortality is very high & affects the most vulnerable. Especially for those who do not have access to medical care.

Malaria and the vulnerable: Every year, malaria kills thousands of people in Indonesia, in all regions, even the richest. 70% of all deaths are children under five, and affect people and families who cannot access medical care.
Antimicrobial resistances. In here, this is a real health emergency, almost all drugs are available over the counter! This scourge turns simple wounds and easily treatable diseases into causes of death.
Air pollution and health: Plastic that burns, everywhere! Air pollution is responsible for almost 50% of mortality here. Dioxins, furans, mercury, and polychlorinated biphenyls are highly toxic!
Malnutrition and famine: Malnutrition causes serious illnesses where we are! The phenomenon, creating a vicious cycle of starvation & disease. This is a major problem in which we deal with!

FFF Base Camp NTT, East Sumba

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