Mobile Puskesmas, the Impact of Citizen Voice and Action
13 Jan 2020
The Puskesmas Kebong building looks firm standing at the edge of the village highway, Sintang Regency, West Kalimantan. Who would have thought that a few years ago the only puskesmas (community health center) building in Kebong was located in a remote part of the village, even on the edge of the cliff. The community also have difficulty getting access to the proper health facility in this village. This issue become one of the concerns of Sintang community who are involved in the Sintang Children Care Coalition – Koalisi Peduli Anak Sintang (KOMPAS), a community coalition which was formed based on the initiation of community accompanied by Wahana Visi Indonesia (WVI) through the CSO-Empowerment Project with funding from the European Union.
In a face-to-face meeting with the government, KOMPAS provided input related to the service standards of puskesmas until finally the Sintang regency government budgeted for the construction of new puskesmas. In addition, the government also budgeted mobile puskesmas cars to serve the people of Kebong Village and Sintang.
Makarina Imachulata, Head of the Puskesmas Kebong, is grateful for the mobile Puskesmas which is now available in her village.
“Previously, our ambulance was damaged so it could not be used for puskesmas operational activities. After assistance from WVI in collaboration with the coalition, we got a new operational car that is now used for mobile health center activities,“ said Makarina, ”In addition, we also have a new health center building which is more accessible for everyone. Previously, the old puskesmas was located far up a hill and close to a cliff which was dangerous for those who were trying to access it.”
According to Makarina, the Sintang Regency government strongly supports the needs of citizens and e even increases the budget allocation for health in 2017.
“Thank you WVI, funded by the European Union for helping us voice our opinions,” said Makarina giving conclusion.
The CSO-Empowerment project has been running from 2016 in West Kalimantan Province especially in Sintang, Sekadau, and Melawi Regency. After four years, the project will be completed on January 14, 2020.
Written by: Rena Tanjung, Communications Officer, Wahana Visi Indonesia
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