Rumah Kambera is on a mission to achieve health, sustainability, and a smoke-free environment.
We prioritize the health and safety of non-smokers and children and are dedicated to promoting responsible environmental practices. To safeguard the well-being of non-smokers, particularly children, Rumah Kambera in Sumba has taken the lead in establishing a smoke-free environment, including eliminating toxic smoke when burning trash and waste.
Prioritizing Non-Smokers and Children’s Health: At Rumah Kambera in our Socio-Medical base camp, we demand a safe and healthy environment for everyone who visits. We have made a significant and non-negotiable change by becoming a smoke-free establishment to prioritize the health of non-smokers, especially children who frequent our space for healthcare, education, and recreational activities. We will not settle for anything less than protecting their well-being at all costs.
Unveiling the Hazards of Passive Smoking: The dangers of passive smoking cannot be overstated, especially regarding children’s health. Their developing bodies are much more vulnerable to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, which can lead to respiratory illnesses, heart problems, and even cancer. At Rumah Kambera, we are proud to take an active role in safeguarding the welfare of these young individuals by creating a 100% smoke-free environment. We believe every child deserves a healthy start in life, and we are committed to doing everything possible to make that a reality.
Confronting Active and Passive Smoking: It is of utmost importance to underscore that smoking tobacco poses a serious threat to health. The toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke can result in a range of debilitating illnesses, such as lung cancer, heart disease, respiratory issues, and other adverse health outcomes. As healthcare professionals and medical organisations, we must set a positive example and avoid inadvertently condoning tobacco use.
Exemplary Waste Management: At Rumah Kambera, we pride ourselves on committing to maintaining a smoke-free living and working environment. As a responsible and environmentally conscious organization, we recognize the adverse effects of air pollution and poor waste management on the Sumba region. That is why we have taken decisive action to resolve these issues.
As healthcare professionals and medical organisations, we must set a positive example and refrain from inadvertently condoning tobacco use.
The Beginning of Change: Addressing Air Pollution Through Responsible Waste Management
In response to the challenge of air pollution caused by waste incineration all around us here, we’ve initiated a pivotal step – creating a small, primary ‘waste sorting station.’ This station is designed to ensure that only materials safe for incineration are processed, thereby minimizing the adverse impact on nature, wildlife, the environment, and the community at large.
Recognizing our duty to protect the environment and promote sustainability proactively, we’ve taken this crucial first step by implementing our waste management system. Through these efforts, we’re making a tangible difference in the lives of those residing and labouring in the Sumba region. We take immense pride in leading the charge towards a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future for all.
We invite the Sumba community to rally behind these initiatives, pledging your allegiance to preserving health and the environment. Collectively, we shall forge a future teeming with promise for the forthcoming generations. Kawan, our unwavering commitment to the triad of health, the environment, and community welfare continues to burgeon.
Thank you very much. Alexandre Wettstein from the Foundation’s Medico-Social Camp in East Sumba, Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, on September 8th, 2023