Provide health care to rural populations who have never had access to it

Solutions to increase access to medical care for populations living in rural areas
Indonesia remains riddled with inherent challenges, which make it difficult, if not impossible, to implement a single insurance scheme. Poverty, lack of information and unique geography make it difficult for people in remote areas to access quality health facilities, which leads to extraordinary inequalities. In Indonesia, 9.5 million children under five are malnourished and don’t have any access to healthcare. 12% of children under five years suffer from wasting. 57% in rural areas are anaemic and only 36% of children consume appropriate complementary food.
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Let’s look at the numbers in Indonesia
  • Out of a population of around 268.2 million, about 25.1 million Indonesians still live below the poverty line.
  • Approximately 20.6% of the entire population remains vulnerable to falling into poverty, as their income hovers marginally above the national poverty line.
  • 5% of the population earns less than $ 1.9 per day or more than 13 million people.
What means living in outermost areas of Indonesia?
Living in rural areas means for all of these children and hundreds of thousands of others this:

  • People have no income for their families, 80% of them do not have access to water or electricity;
  • The notion of “time” is unknown. They get up at sunrise and go to bed when it is dark;
  • Their food consists of rice, a little salt, chopped peppers and this is it;
  • They do not have access to toilets or any other form of sanitation as we know them;
  • Going to school is often a walk of 5 to 10 kilometres per day through the hills, on stony paths, without shoes;
  • No access to medical care, even basic ones. A small wound cannot be treated other than with coffee grounds (See 1st Aid Kit program here)
  • The school is the real centre of their life, it is the essential element of the existence of a child from these ultra-peripherical regions;
  • These children have never been to the nearest town and they will probably never go there, except for an extraordinary external element;
  • A photo, a camera, a cell phone, television are all unknown elements for the vast majority of them;
How and what we do for healthcare

Since early 2011 in Indonesia, following our Ethical Code, the Fair Future Foundation has already cared & treated dozens of thousands of poor, sick, disabled, disadvantaged human beings per year, without consideration of race, religion, origin, age, skin colour.

  • Provide basic medical care to sick people;
  • Organize disease prevention sessions in the villages;
  • Train teachers from each village school to give first aid;
  • Find the means to provide healthy food in the villages, by setting up collective gardens;
  • Dig wells and create rainwater reservoirs;
  • Improve the sanitation conditions of families, create new ones;
  • Bring suffering people to the nearest health center using a suitable vehicle;
  • Create vaccination campaigns in collaboration with health authorities;
  • Days of medical consultations in a village or region;
  • Encourage breastfeeding of newborns;
  • … and much more since 2011 in Indonesia.
Covid-19 in Indonesia – there is the projection
  • The economic impact is expected to be significant and may lead to an overall recession of the country.
  • Millions of people will be pushed into poverty.
  • The poverty rate will increase to 12.4 per cent, implying 8.5 million more people will become poor.
  • The latter means that Indonesia’s progress in reducing poverty over the past decade will be reversed.
  • The implication of this is that Indonesia needs to expand its social protection programs to help the new poor in addition to the existing poor.


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Introduction of the program

Where are we working

The location of Rumah Kambera

Some pictures of the 35’000 people we help annualy

The foundation provides free medical care and helps people in need access to this fundamental right, which is access to medical care and good health. Among them are newborns, many young children, many teenagers, young adults, pregnant women, ancient people, some of whom can no longer walk and are locked in unhygienic places.

As a wealthy nation, we have both the capacity and the responsibility to support communities around the world so that they too can benefit from the gains of development.

Since 2010, the foundation has been very active in establishing programs for access to medical care, for people who cannot access it, by any means possible. During 9 years, the Fair Future Foundation have offered health care, medical care to nearly 200,000 people in Indonesia with our own medical teams, our own health centres, those we have built with our hands.

In 2019, we created the Fair Future Indonesia, which is the official representation of the Swiss Foundation on Indonesian territory. This new organization allows us to develop and focus our activities in the poorest regions of Indonesia and even Southeast Asia.

Nusa Tenggara Timur, Sumba and these ultra peripheral and very rural lands. Where nearly 450,000 people live without water or electricity, it is now our main place of work. These medical activities are organized from our base camp in Lambanapu (Sumba East).

The issue of access to medical care in rural and ultra-peripheral regions

The rural communities of this ultra-peripheral region do not have access to medical care, even the most basic. Indeed, the distance separating the villages from the nearest health center is very large. The roads are difficult, they are mainly dirt or pebble roads on which only an all terrain vehicle can access.

In addition, these health/medical centers are only open very occasionally; like one day for children and one day for adults, and this only per week (when they open). These centers are not equipped with medical equipment, no drugs, and medical personnel are often absent. These same health centers, for the most part, do not have access to water either.

Health care is also expensive and people in these rural communities cannot afford anything. As a result, sick people do not go to a doctor and often the consequences are disastrous in terms of infant mortality.

Do you know that the foundation has been treating over 5’000 patients per year since 2011?

  • 9.5 million children under five are malnourished and don’t have any access to Health Care;
  • More than 3 million (or 12%) of children under five years of age in Indonesia suffer from wasting;
  • Almost two out of every three children under two years of age, (or 57%), in rural areas are anaemic;
  • Only 42% of children aged less than six months are exclusively breastfed, and only 36% of children consume appropriate complementary food.
  • 90% of people don’t have health insurance. Everywhere in Indonesia, the majority of people have no access to medical care.

Indonesia’s health system is failing to provide even the most basic care to vast swathes of the population. Many who can not afford doctor’s fees often receive no treatment at all, while the wealthy fly abroad for a check-up. The system is plagued by under-funding, decentralisation, lack of qualified staff, rising medical costs, and outdated medical equipment.

Since the Foundation keeps medical and social statistics, we see that the numbers are increasing every year.

From a few thousand to tens of thousands of patients now! And linked to the health and economic crisis due to COVID-19, this continues to increase.

All these data are in any case submitted to local health authorities for statistical purposes and above all to witness what is happening. This confidential information concerns the types of patients we receive: Either the type of illnesses, social origins, ages, treatments administered, examinations carried out by our medical teams.

The foundation also aims to improve the daily life of the local community in suffering, whether they are affected by a situation of social vulnerability, emotional or medical, or suffering from a disability. We just help people, we find the best solutions for them using what we do since 2010!

We are working on the development of sustainable actions, aimed at the concept of self-sufficiency.

We welcome and generally take care of comforting hundreds of patients at each medical event. We bring comfort, empathy, and share moments to try to understand the issues of these people who often have nothing at all. Among them are newborns, many young children, many teenagers, young adults, pregnant women, ancient people, some of whom can no longer walk and are locked in unhygienic places.

In Indonesia, a huge number of poor people with jobs, however, remain vulnerable to a return to total destitution! Four (4) Indonesians are richer than one hundred (100) million of the poorest

Everyone we meet every day, suffer from diseases and problems mainly related to fatigue, malnutrition, nutritional deficiencies, infections, skin diseases, untreated diabetes, infected wounds, many young children suffer respiratory infections, asthma, chronic bronchitis, vitamin deficiency. The list is very long, but every day we face new health problems.

The main goal, the vision of the foundation is to treat people, to offer free medical care. As a whole, without any difference. Access to medical care in this huge country of 270 million people (4th world population) is not a right, but a privilege. We also ensure that the conditions of medical care correspond in all respects to those expected by the local population. Meant by that, we provide the bulk, not the superfluous that could be misunderstood by the local authorities.

Access to health care and medical care should not be just a matter of chance, but a right to which everyone should be equal.

Thank you very much for your concrete help and your love, to offer a bright future to many people and their families, communities also!

Linked projects
  • Mbinu Dita – since August 2020 we are rebuilding a school and community centre in a very rural area of East Sumba. Thanks to this project, 100 children will soon return to school. It will also be the heart of our activities and projects with this community which counts about 300 families. We can’t stay on-site for more than two nights for logistical reasons there is no access to water and electricity;
    • Hence, Rumah Kambera is a central and indispensable point in this long-term project to organise, plan and manage all of Mbinu Dita’s project from there;
  • First Aid Kit – A project that aims to bring first aid kits to every school in East Sumba. Indeed, due to geolocation and the terrain, rural areas of Sumba do not have access to primary health care. For example, a simple scratch on foot (children and adults alike are mostly barefoot) can quickly become infected and become a significant injury. To prevent this, Kawan Baik Indonesia and Fair Future Foundation will provide first aid kits to more than 40 schools as well as train teachers on primary care treatment;
  • Rumah Kambera: For more than 15 months, the Kawan Baik Indonesia foundation and Fair Future Indonesia have been working hand in hand to set up programs in the rural regions of the territories of eastern Indonesia. The continuation of numerous projects, the establishment of micro-actions and the involvement of young people from the region in volunteering actions requires a place of life and activity. We bring sustainable solutions to communities leaving in rural areas, improving their lives through health, education, water and energy.
  • Charis Schools – Access to education and knowledge. In collaboration with a network of volunteers and teachers from “Charis” foundation, we will organise training, conferences on subjects related to education, nutrition or health which will then be transmitted and taught in forty schools of East and West Sumba;
  • Access to water – Rumah Kambera will also make it easy to collaborate with experts, knowledge sharing and to study needs. One of the main points is the lack of access to water; difficulties to rely on rain-water; we, therefore, wish to research and develop by using the resources of the island, ways to access safe and clean water. It is a long-term project that requires a “base camp” and suitable and functional premises;
  • Let  us go where no one goes – 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 in order to read or study for children. This will also and above all allow us to provide medical care and take the children or even a doctor or a dentist in the nearest town which is more than hours away from where the foundation is active. A vehicle will allow the foundation to be able to get there by bringing equipment and this in safety for our volunteers and specialized collaborators;
  • Permaculture – One of the greatest assets of this house is the land it sits on; large and suitable for cultivation, we will create a garden in collaboration with permaculture experts; the harvests will allow us to cook for the volunteers and the surrounding community. We will also organise training on nutrition, permaculture, experiment and find answers on how to cultivate this calcareous soil and adapt to the climate of the island where it rains only two months a year.

Rumah Kambera will be the heart of this project; preparation, teacher training and follow-ups will be done in this “base camp”.

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Who are all those who provided medical care?

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Jochen und Valeska Stephan

CHF 250.00 December 29, 2020
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Ramon Walther

CHF 412.26 December 21, 2020
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Jan Hildebrandt

CHF 515.24 November 8, 2020
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Angel Samael

$50.00 May 10, 2020
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Nicolas Gaultier

€500,00 February 1, 2020

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Véronique Chechin-Laurens

CHF 655.00 December 31, 2019
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Sam Van Nevel

€50,01 December 31, 2019
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Philippe Lautier

CHF 1 050.00 December 31, 2019