This primary medical care program in ultra-rural regions, which we initiated and started last year, is extraordinary, it saves lives.
Here, in the eastern regions of Indonesia, the health coverage of rural populations remains largely incomplete. In terms of infrastructure, access, equipment, funding and knowledge. The local health system is lagging behind sustained population growth. Fair Future is changing that and providing access to primary medical care for the poorest people in the country and in Asia. We give you the proof in some images here.
Hello, this is Alex. How are you doing today? First of all, I would like to start by asking you, are you okay? If you are healthy?
“-Where we operate under this program of access to so-called “basic” or “primary” medical care, more than 80% of deaths could be avoided if the population of these rural villages had access to primary medical care or basic drugs.”
Lausanne or Geneva has one doctor for every 300 inhabitants, while Indonesia has one for nearly 80,000 inhabitants. These are the facts facing the people of these regions. Of course, these numbers differ depending on where you live. But here in eastern Indonesia in the areas where we are at the moment, the simplest way is to say there is rarely a doctor available for these hundreds of thousands of people.
Since Fair Future and Kawan baik Indonesia foundations started this program by training more than sixty people and published two books (one for schools for children, and the other for participants in this program), the results are simply outstanding and the enthusiasm of these new rescuers -who are, as a reminder, the teachers of these villages and ultra-rural regions of East Sumba-, is simply extraordinary, it exceeds all our wildest expectations.
These two books consist of the following
- The first book: “Kawan Sehat”, is made up of twenty tables covering themes for a healthier life for schools in ultra-rural regions;
- The second book: “The first action if there is no doctor”, is composed of fourteen modules of theoretical training and practical exercises, explaining how to act in a medical emergency. It is intended for teachers in schools in rural areas. The latter also follows a several-day training course based on this book.
The images that we present to you below show you some of the medical situations that teachers face on a daily basis. Photos are taken by mobile phone and uploaded via WhatsApp to the “healthy friend” group.
The participants in this innovative program “Primary medical care in rural areas”, which consists of empowering people, are all teachers who teach in schools isolated from everything (schools in the outermost regions).
As a reminder, all of these villages where we have implemented this program are very difficult to access, water is rare and clean water is absent. Electricity is non-existent in most homes. And of course, access to medical care is often impossible, because the nearest medical centre is very far away, and people don’t have a vehicle. Sometimes you have to walk for hours. And in all these villages, there is no doctor, no nursing staff living.
A 24-hour WhatsApp working group
Fair Future has created a group on WhatsApp called “The Healthy Friend”. It includes all the teachers/rescuers, two doctors and the coordinators of this program (Fair Future and Kawan Baik as well as the Charis Foundation and Sumba Volunteer).
When a medical situation arises, and in case of doubt, the person in charge of giving first aid can contact us directly to ask for an opinion, a solution, or, most importantly, to share their work and his experience with others.
Thank you very much for your interest Kawan.
We wish you a beautiful day wherever you are. Remember to take care of yourself and everyone you love. It is the most important.
Alex – Fair Future Foundation – 02.02.2023, Rumah Kambera.