YUM’s health projects are mainly focused in Central Kalimantan, where there is a desperate need for proper health education and resources. A lack of good healthcare also impacts the economic and social aspects of these communities, some of which are isolated. YUM’s leadership in disease prevention has led to major milestones particularly in the areas of malaria, sanitation, clean water and health promotion.
For the past ten years, YUM has provided community health education both in Central Kalimantan and West Java.
Working with local village cadres from the Posyandu (Community run health posts), YUM provides nutritious home-cooked meals as well as giving talks to parents about healthy living and good parenting. During the Posyandu sessions, children are given immunization shots, their weight is checked and controlled, and pregnant mothers get a monthly checkup by a midwife.
Kalimantan Nutrition Project
Children from poor families, more often than not, are undernourished. Children with poor nutrition have difficulty in school and are often sick. This is one of the main reasons it is difficult to break the cycle of poverty.
In early 2014, YUM launched a five-step nutrition program, developed and delivered in partnership with 16 posyandu (Community run health posts) in the sub-district. Each module incorporates a package of health and nutritional information, and around a dozen recipes. Each is delivered through a series of presentations and hands-on cooking classes in the posyandu, and a free reference and recipe booklet which is given to each participant.
The program has been overwhelmingly positive, with 380 women (accompanied by an even greater number of babies and toddlers) attending sessions.
“I’m especially happy because my child is now eating eggs mixed with vegetables. Before, he didn’t like them!”
Ibu Fitriani, workshop participant.
“Before I used a liter of oil every week, but now I only use a little bit.”
Ibu Kanis, workshop participant.
The project is supported by the German Government’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and by Susila Dharma Germany.
Cipanas Senior Care Project
In 2013 a new program was started in Cipanas – a Posyandu for the elderly. The goal is to help seniors become more independent and productive, and improve their nutritional status as well as their knowledge about health issues. Every month, the elderly are invited to the Cipanas YUM Village for a medical checkup, weight and height measurement and distribution of feeding supplements. YUM also provides fitness and home gardening lessons.
This project is supported by the Japan National Council of Social Welfare.
Lack of access to clean water is an issue for a large percentage of people in Central Kalimantan. In the majority of villages in the region, water that is used for drinking and washing comes from stagnant and dirty sources, which leads to the rapid spread of diseases and infections. 80% of the top 10 most common illnesses are caused by bacterial or viral infections that could have been avoided through better hygiene practices, including having clean, running water.
The YUM Clean Water Project aims to combat these issues by providing communities with the infrastructure and resources needed to develop a clean water source. YUM works with each community to design and install water tanks, pumps and pipes that will deliver clean, running water to the villagers’ homes. Once construction is completed, members of the community are appointed by YUM to take responsibility for the ongoing management and financing of the resource.
Since 2000, YUM has successfully installed clean water towers and networks in six villages in the sub-district of Bukit Batu, serving more than a thousand people.
“Before we had the clean water network installed by YUM, we had so much difficulties obtaining water! Because there are a lot of stones in the ground, we couldn’t get water. We had to constantly ask for water from our neighbors who had drilled wells.”
Ibu Nurmiatun (Member of the Banturung community)
YUM has identified several locations in need of clean water and is seeking USD 22,000 for each project.
In low income communities such as the Bukit Batu subdistrict, high occurrences of diarrhea, skin disease, intestinal and other water borne diseases remain a frequent obstacle to improving child health.
In 2008, YUM launched a program to raise awareness about hygiene to stop the practice of open defecation. YUM has used the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach which works to inspire communities to use their initiative and creativity to find a way of putting a stop of the practice of defecating in the open.
As a result, Habaring Hurung village became the FIRST village in Central Kalimantan to be officially declared “Open Defecation Free.”
“Before I had a toilet, I had to walk about a hundred yards to the nearest ditch. Now, I feel more comfortable because I have my own toilet and that I know, from the sessons given by YUM, that my famiy’s and my own health is a lot more controlled.”
Dakri (community member of the Habaring Hurung village)
The project was supported by World Bank experts, and funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Susila Dharma Germany.
In 2015, a small sanitation project is being implemented in Bukit Batu with funding from the Japan Water Forum.
YUM’s Malaria Control Project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Susila Dharma Germany was completed in June 2011.
After an extensive 4-year malaria control project, where malaria cases went from 976 cases per year in 2008 to only 7 cases in 2011, YUM is proud to note that four years after the project completion, malaria cases have maintained a very low number, mostly imported from other areas.