Solution by: Health In Harmony, Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI)
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ENVIRONMENTAL Health in Harmony educates communities about the importance of rainforest protection.
ECONOMIC With an incentive program that provides up to 70% discounts to villages that have verifiably stopped logging, this solution makes high-quality health care affordable.
THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE
SOCIAL Besides providing quality health care, ASRI reports a 41% increase in the number of people who have finished grade school since its founding.
Working to provide high-quality, low-cost health care in exchange for a commitment to protect natural resources, this solution is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and environmental degradation. Working in Borneo, Health In Harmony found that for the 60,000 people living near Gunung Palung National Park, where residents live on an average daily income of $1.44, access to health care meant illegally logging the rain forest to earn fast cash. This solution has developed incentive schemes that are designed to break this cycle. The model combines high-quality, low-cost health care at a clinic for rural communities with discounts for residents of non-logging villages. It also orchestrates environmental restoration projects, alternative livelihood training, and education programs devised by the communities served. This approach is based on the principle of “radical listening,” which means trusting community members to solve their own challenges. WHY A SUSTAINIA100 SOLUTION? The Gunung Palung National Park is one of the most important habitats for wild orangutans, and boasts a staggering amount of biodiversity. This incentive program provides health care discounts to non-logging villages and the option of paying for health services with non-cash means, such as manure or seedlings for sustainable agriculture and reforestation programs. This serves as a win-win solution that ensures the protection of the rainforest while providing health care and training to the communities served.
“We don’t have a magic vaccine. What we have is radically listening to communities and responding to their needs to break the cycle of poverty, poor health, and environmental destruction.”
ASRI’s incentive program is design to break the cycle of poor health and environmental degradation.
MICHELLE BUSSARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HEALTH IN HARMONY
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