Programs to support new mothers in the care of their babies are part of our community-based health initiatives.
We contribute to efforts to improve community health through various programs aligned with Indonesia’s Millennium Development Goals as established by the World Bank and other targets set by the government. Our health improvement programs begin with the simple premise that health standards are strongly connected to local lifestyles and cultures.
One of our main projects is the Community-Based Total Sanitation (CLTS) program. This was conceptualized after a study by an organization under the Ministry of Health in 2012 found that 64% of the population in Tabalong Regency did not have access to proper sanitation. There were 9,492 diarrhea cases that year in the Tabalong district in South Kalimantan, the location of Adaro Indonesia’s mining operations, and 17,000 households in the area were found to practice open defecation.
To encourage housewives to be healthcare cadres and promote the Stop Open Defecation Program (SODP), we work closely with women’s organizations and the Family Welfare Movement (PKK). We trained 40 cadres from eight villages through workshops, and they now work with the regional health department.
After we started this program, three villages in Tabalong were declared Open Defecation-Free (ODF) in 2013. In 2014, another five villages in Tabalong (2,893 households) and two in the East Barito district (575 households) were declared ODF. Our target is to have 17,000 ODF households by 2019.
We carried out a community-based total sanitation program focused on promoting hand washing with soap and educating residents on the danger of not using proper sanitation. This program is in line with the Ministry of Health’s efforts to accelerate improvements in hygiene and access to sanitation.
As part of our strategy to consolidate CSR efforts, we enabled the local youth association to sell standard latrines to the villagers, which in turn created jobs and economic activities.
Our other regular health initiatives include programs to improve the health of mothers, newborns and children. We also commonly support programs to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, help boost hospital funding, organize cataract surgeries and provide scholarships for doctors, midwives, nurses and other health workers.