For the first time in history, malaria is well controlled in our service area. Today, 3,500 villagers sleep under safe insecticide treated bed nets. HAS defeated malaria, introduced the first running water and the first toilets to these villages. In short, your generous support is making a big difference! There remains much to do, however.
A Broader Health Mission
The HAS clinic in Sili hamlet provides villagers with their only regular access to primary medical care and health care supplies. Prior to HAS, when people became sick they generally just took to their beds and hoped to get well. HAS coordinates with the Sumbawa Health Department to provide nursing level primary health care to the general public 6 days a week. The nurses do the best they can with whatever ailments present. There are no stores in this area, and the nearest pharmacy is a full days travel. Our clinic stocks the most commonly needed drugs as well as wound-care supplies. These are provided without cost to the people. Our nurses consult by phone with a doctor at the regional hospital as needed, and organize patient evacuations when required. Recently we introduced a new water taxi service to Dompu city for patients who need to see a doctor, get laboratory tests, or be hospitalized.
Most births in this area still occur at home in the traditional way without professional medical assistance. HAS is helping to expand the government midwife program, which is well respected by the people. The program provides child & maternal health services. Midwives offer prenatal exams and counseling during a woman’s pregnancy, and family planning services. A visiting nurse also administers polio and other childhood vaccinations to children. The HAS clinic provides the midwife with a clean place to work & live when she visits Sili.
We also manage and fund Public Health projects such as clean water, public sanitation, nutrition, and environmental clean-up programs.