Weaving Home Industry

Weaving Home Industry

I. Preface

Weaving is a tradition in NTT, including  in Belu district.

It is inherited from their ancestor, but now the young people disregard it. The young people prefer to use modern wear, which is produced by modern machine and the clothes had to be bought from outside their villages/districts.

The weaving program, will concerve and revitalize this tradition and also it could become an income generating program by selling the products to the tourist, who are increasingly coming to this area.

Through this activities we encourage the young women in Belu district, to learn and practice the weaving, so they can produce a good quality products.

The products could be used for traditional ceremony , but could also be used for daily clothes,  in their home and for their daily activities outside their home.

The weaving products is expecting to be  the income generating program, because the price of the products is very high and it is highly interested by the tourist.

Beside weaving, the women were also trained  in knitting/crochet, so they can produce and sell it too.

II. The activities

The training was given to 20 women, member of  “Eco Laudata Si” women group of   Kuneru parish.

The fascilitators are the weaving expert either from the district and from Jakarta.

The training was conducted in FSGM Sister Convent in Kuneru village, on March 6-10, 2018 (5 days).

After the training, they starting to make weaving products. The yarn was supplied by friend of Sister Margaretha FSGM in Denpasar/Bali.

 

III. The result.

The weaving products were showed and presented during Atambua diocese’s festival on October, 4 – 6, 2018. Their products were sold in that event. In that event, each member could earn IDR 50,000 to 250,000.

They also tried to put their offer through internet and the people in the city of Jakarta have interested on it and some have ordered it by online.

IV. Future action:

1. The weaving activities need dilligency and hard working people. So the group should be able maintain this spirit.

2. The weaving activities need time and do it patiently. The group should also be able to maintain this persistent attitude.

3. The weaving activities need yarn, which should be bought from outside the district. The group should collaborate with other group from outside the district to get the good quality yarn with low price.

4. The manufacture of weaving need a market. So the group should collaborate with other group outside the district to ensure the market for selling the products. The online marketing should be encouraged, since this type of marketing is an for opportunity  for selling the product worldwide.

V. Sustainablity.

The program will be sustainable, since the program is benefit for the group member and also for their parish community. They have collaboration with other group outside the district, for supplying the yarn and for marketing their products.

The accompaniement by FSGM sister will be continued, since the FSGM sister convent is located in Kuneru village, Belu district, NTT Province.

Kegiatan membuat kain tenun oleh ibu rumah tangga
Membuat kain tenun
Perkumpulan ibu-ibu pembuat kain tenun

Sorgum Farming

Sorgum Farming

I. Preface

Several villages in Belu district, usually suffer from  shortage  of food, several months in a year, due to lack of local food, such as rice or cassava and yam.

This shortage of food will cause the the young people to seek work outside their province, even going abroad.

The FSGM Sister community in Kuneru village, Belu district, NTT province, collaborate with PERDHAKI  through  “Eco Laudato Si“ women empowerment group, encourage the parish community to cultivate the sorgum in their beglected land. The Sorgum farming will increase their food stock in their villages.

II. The program :

  1. Socialization seminar on sorgum plantation.

The sosialization seminar was conducted on :

a. Time : November 4, 2018.

b. Place : In the FSGM convent house, Kuneru village, Belu district, NTT province.

c. Participant : 20

d. Fascilitator : Father Firminus Dai Koban Pr, a sorgum farmer from East Flores district.

e. Purpose :

    • To give information on how to grow sorgum plantation.
    • To encourage people to use their neglected land for plant and growing sorgum, for their food stock.
    • To inform the people that a lot of healthy foods could be made from sorgum, either consuming for their main food or for increasing their health.

 2. Planting of the sorgum.

The participants got sorgum seed from Father Firminus Gai Koban, to be planted in the month of  December  2018 to January 2019. The group member planted it on the neglcted land near to their house.

III. The result.

The sorgum was harvested after 3 months. The harvest was quite a lot : every member who planted 0,5 kg sorgum seed, was  harvesting   about  40 kg  of sorgum.

Although the quantity is big, however the quality is low: the grain/cereal was thin. It was because of  too many water on the farm ,during that months, due to rainny season.

They could make a lot of foods, from the sorgum, such as main food (to replave rice), sorgum porridge, sorgum cake, etc. They found out that it was all delicious food.

IV. Future action.

The second planting will be done on next March-April 2019.  They hope more sorgum will be harvested and with good quality.

After the next harvest, the group is planning to  share the sorgum seed to other poor house hold in the parish , so the poor household in their parish will have suficient food in the future.

They also plan to share the sorgum seed to all poor household in other parishes, in Belu district, NTT Province. So the poor people in this district will have enough food.

V. Sustainablity.

The program will be sustainable since it is benefitting the group member to prevent the shortage of food.

The accompaniement by FSGM Sister will be continued, since the FSGM Sister live and stay in Kuneru village, Belu district, NTT Province.

Ladang sorgum, makanan pengganti
Inilah sorgum
Panen sorgum
Wanita di ladang sorgum

Community Empowerment Through Pig Live Stock Breeding

Community Empowerment Through Pig Live Stock Breeding

  1. Preface

Pig is high value live stock in NTT province. It is used in their ritual ceremonies, especially during  the wedding and the death of their family member.  They need pig also for other event, such as “first communion”  ceremony. Therefore, the price of pig is very high and the community has to buy this live stock for  the ceremonies.

The prequisite are :

  1. The people should set up a group of house hold who will responsible for the breeding of the pig.
  2. Each house hold will get free one female pig, a 2 months age pig.
  3. After 8 to 12 months, she has to be mated with a chosen male pig.
  4. After they have child pig, they have to share the new female child pig to other house hold from the same parish.
  5. They are not allow to sell the mother pig. They may only sell the child  pig, and if  they have already  shared one  female child  pig to other household.
  6. They have to build a stall next to their house, for raising the pigs.
  7. They have to find and collect the local plantation for composing good and healthy food for their pigs.
  8. They have to be trained and accompanied on how to vaccinate the pig, how to give medicine or vitamin, how to prepare the food for the pig, how to serach and bring the male mate pig, etc.
  9. The activities.

Two groups in 2 parihes was established in 2017.

There were 18 group members in Wedomu parish and 20 group members in Sadi parish. The member was the poor household in the 2 parishes.

Each group member got free one female pig.

The training and the accompaniement was done by a FSGM sister who live in a  FSGM convent in Kuneru village, Belu district, NTT , in cooperation with the parish priest.

III. The result.

During the evaluation visit on March 27-28, 2019 (2 years since the beginning of the program), we found out the result as follows :

  1. The groups are very active and dynamic. They meet together, at least once in every month, to discuss their common problem and interest. They regularly shared valuable information and knowledge, and also developing activities together, including the income generating program.
  2. They have shared their baby pig to other member group. The Wedamu parish group had resulting 8 baby pigs born and share them to other household in same parish and the Sida parish group had resulting 12 baby pigs born and share to other household in Sida parish.
  3. By sharing the baby pigs to new households, the member group in Wedamu parish was extend from formerly 18 members to become 26 members and in Sida parish was increase from formerly 20 members was extended to become 32 members.
  4. The group member have their own inisiative to extend the pig stall, from formerly small stall now become larger stall to accomodate the inceasingly number of the pigs.
  5. The group member earn money from selling the pigs, for paying their children school fee or pay the hospital/clinic fee if their family member was sick.
  6. They didn’t have to buy pig, if they need it for the ritual ceremony.
  7. Further and follow up action.
  8. They should maintain the cleanliness of the pig stall, in order to prevent any disease affect their pigs.
  9. They have to ensure,that their female pigs should be mated with male pig at the proper time , including to search and to chose the good and healthy male pig.
  10. They should maintain the sufficient and good quality food for their pigs.
  11. In the future, all poor household in these 2 parishes are expected to have pig livestock for increasing their income.
  12. This program is expected to be able to be duplicated to other parishes where there are a lot of poor households.
  13. Sustainablity.

The program will be sustainable, because the program have benefit for their group members. They could earn money from raising and selling the pigs.

The FSGM Sister who accompany the group stay and live in Kuneru village, Belu district, NTT Province. The village is located near the parishes.

Para Suster FSGM melihat hasil peternakan babi
Peternakan babi
Memberikan makanan di peternakan
Dalam rangka kunjungan ke Paroki Wedamu

HIV Prevention Through Poverty Alleviation

HIV Prevention Through Poverty Alleviation

Preface

The HIV incidence in NTT province is sharply increasing in the past 5 years. The higest incidence  is the house-wife category, for about 30% of the cases.  Belu district is one of the highest HIV incidence district.

Through the root cause analysis, we found that the house-wive was infected by her husbands who work as illegal migrant workers abroad.

Since more than ten years ago, the young adult from the villages in NTT (including from Belu district) working abroad, mostly as illegal workers, who have no access to proper health care services, either for curative treatment or for disease prevention.

The flow of young adult seeking money from abroad is due the poverty, there is no job  in their villages, and sometime also no food, etc.

The income generating program run by Perdhaki and FSGM Sisters, which is funded by Central Fransiscannes Germanny, is the effort for poverty alleviation in Belu district.

Program Activities

The program is aimed to increase the income of people through 3 main activities : pig livestock, sorgum farming and weaving home industry.

In the begining, Sister Margaretha FSGM (Perdhaki’s HIV program officer) met with the Bischop of Attambua, describing the planning to empower village women through income generating program. The Bischop fully support the program and asking the priests to support the implementation of the program.

The program was starting in Kuneru village, Belu district (where the FSGM sister community stay), by  initiating women organizations and empowering them through trainings and guidances. The training and guidance was conducted by FSGM sister in local parish and assisted by Perdhaki and experts from outside Belu/NTT.

The group consisting of about 20 women, who organize themself, by electing the board member, regular meeting and organizing training.

The specific activities are as follows :

  1. Pig livestock program.
  2. Sorgum farming activities.
  3. Weaving home industry activities.

Please see attachments for detailed narrative activities and picture of activities.

Result

Four women groups had been set up and organized by themself : two groups conducting pig live stock program, one group conducting sorgum farming program and one group conducting weaving home industry.

Through these programs, they have earned some money for their children’s education and got some food for their daily life.

The pig live stock group’s member have been extended, so more house holds got benefit from this program.

Through these programs, the young adults in this district are not instanly following the “brokers” who seek them for illegal migrant workers. They have good alternative for  earning money, other than  becoming  illegal migrant workers.

By the decreasing illegal migrant workers, it is hoping that the HIV transmission in this district will be also decreasing.

However, this program is conducting only in 3 parishes of Belu district. There are more than 50 parishes in this district and there are more than 20 districs in NTT province. So, the result in decreasing HIV incidence in the whole Belu district (and in the whole NTT province)  is not yet significant.

This program is a first step of a great effort, that should be extended and duplicating to other parishes, to achieve significant result.

Sosialisasi HIV/AIDs, migran perantau dan pemberdayaan perempuan
Diskusi dalam rangka pemberdayaan perempuan
Perkumpulan perempuan dalam bimbingan Suster FSGM

Palu Earthquake and Tsunami ; PERDHAKI Emergency Respond Program

Palu  Earthquake and Tsunami ; PERDHAKI Emergency Respond Program

Preface

Kevin Octavianus Sugianto is a volunteer joining with PERDHAKI’s emergency respond program in Palu, to serve the people affected by earthquake and tsunami. He work in Perdhaki’s Health Post in Palu, Middle Sulawesi from 22 November 2018 to 5 Desember 2018.

The impressions of a volenteer

On November 15,  2018, through my friend, Edo, I was invited to become a volunteer joining with the Perdhaki Emergency Respons Programe in earthquake & tsunami disaster area in Palu, middle Sulawesi.

I accepted the invitation, because at that time I was boring while waiting the “internship” program, after finishing my study in a Medical Faculty.

When accepting the invitation, I was wondering with 2 aspects:

First : I didn’t know yet about Perdhaki’s organization. My knowledge regarding this organiation was very limited. The information about this organization in the internet was also limited.

Second :  I feel that I was not fitted with the terminology “volunteer”, because a volunteer should have high social attitude, didn’t expect any honorarium, far from materialistic intention. While, I was graduated from a private Medical school and hoping to get a lot of money after finishing the study, because the fee and cost during my study was very high, and I wish to replenish it as soon as posible. So, I think I was far away from to be a volunteer.

After short preparation and little  briefing, on 22 November I and my friend were going to the airport to be daparted to the disaster area in Palu. On the way to the area, I was confused with my job, because I didn’t know well the task and I didn’t know what should be the preparation to do this special task. Especially, because I was just graduated and have no  experiences working in a disaster emergency respond program.

At the airport, I met with Br Conrad, who will also going to Palu. While waiting for other member team, we have had an intensive discussion with Br Conrad. I heard a lot of his experiences in participating in previous Emergency Response program and I was convinced with my task, as I will work together with such experience volunteer person.

Finally, the  team were  fully completed : Me, Edo, Minggu, Hendrik, Apip, Irfan, and offcourse Br Conrad, as team leader and we were all  going boarding  on  the flight.

That evening, we arrived in Palu, through a frighten landing process, due to bad condition of airport runway which was damaged by previous earthquake. From the airport, we directly went to Perdhaki’s Boarding house. At the Boarding house, we met with Pak Gede, a volunteer who have been working in Palu since the beginning of the disaster. We also met with the volunteers from other organizations, who also stay in the same house.

I was shocked with the condition of the boarding house:  the dirty bath room, no hot water and the dim lighting, the dirty and smell bad mattress, dirty food,  many mosquitos and flies. This condition was far away from my house’s condition and so it made me very unhappy. I was thinking, how can I survive to stay in such bad condition for 14 days as scheduled. Especially, I had very bad feeling during bath and during sleep, because the dirty condition of the fascilities. It turned out, that the other volunteers also had the same bad feeling like me, and so we shared the same feeling with them and giving the motivation to each other. However, we had to be strong in that condition, until we finish the mission.

Every day, in the morning, we departed to work at the Health Posts, using the old blue car, which was functioning as ambulance car. This car have no air conditioning. So, due to very hot tempertaure in Palu, we have to open all the car’s windows in order to let the wind flowing in, although the dirty dust will also flowing in too. We had no other choice !  Therefore, the journey from   the boarding house to Health Posts vv was also a very hard challenges for me.

All of it : bad condition of the car, dirty bathroom, dirty bed room, dirty food, many mosquitos and flies, cause me feel like live in the hell, especially in the first days of the mission.

The adaptation process for a volunteer, is not only the bad condition of the boarding house and the transportation, but also the work as medical doctor. In providing the medical services, I feel that all the knowledge which were obtained in the medical school, seems not approriate anymore in this field. I had to work in an inproper situation : limited medicine, limited medical equipment, too many patients, dusted and hot practice room and also the difficult communication with the patients due to different language. For a new graduated medical doctor, who usually work in a good condition (good medical practice room, a lot of medicine, sophisticated medical equipment), will be confused when confronting with the real inproper situation in the field.

My first encounter with the real situation, was like entetring in a chastisement condition. However, it also caused a turn back in my life, to survive and enjoy in such bad condition.

Every night, after back from the Health Post, we always conduct an  internal meeting, to discuss the problem faced in the Health post  and discussing how to solve the problem. In every meeting, Br Conrad and Pak Gede, shared there experiences while joining with previous Perdhaki ER program, and the tips and tricks on how to be a success volunteer in the disaster emergency program. The one that was stressing by them , which is always remember by me, is “serve the people with whole sincere heart”. It is a slogan that are showed in every instititions, either bank, hospital, restaurant, etc,  but ussualy only as an ornament in the wall and without sincere implementation. Br Conrad and pak Gede, alway tell me that the sick people will not cured only by medicines, but will be cured by our sincere heart and by our prayer. We shouldnot work as drug machine, which only ask the patient’s name, their story of illness and giving medicine imediately. Apparently, the patients are willing to talk and willing someone hear to them, they are hoping that there are some one who are caring  them. If they feel happy, they sometimes will be cured even before they are taking medicines.

Therefore, in our health service provided in the Health Post, we always  serve the patients by sencere wholeheartedly , eventhough we were very tired. No matter, how many the number of the patients served by us, we always providing enough time to hear the client’s story and always try to be friendly. During the study, we always thinking about the correct diagnosis, the correct medicine, the quick examination, but less empathy or false empathy. We had to change that approach, to become more empathy to the clients, hearing to the patients, talking to patients and enjoying our work.

The topic of the discussion in every night meeting, then changing from formerly complaining the limited medicine, limited equipment and bad fascilities, move to the topic of the condition of the patients served and enjoying our work. We enjoyed to hear the patients, to talk to the patients, eventhough the big number of the patients and eventhough the tireness. We were very happy if the face of the patients was changed from formerly looked sad, feel suffering, feel lost of hope due to sickness and wrecked house and then after talking with us they become brighter, smile and feel relieved. Our team always try to follow up the patients to know the improvement of their health after receiving our treatment. Sometimes we visit them in their villages, to ensure that their health were improved and they feel relieved.

From this experiences, I was aware that the true appreciation to our work is not money. The true appreciation to our work are when the patients come back to us to continue the medical treatment given by us, and when the patients coming to us just for saying thank you and when the patients bring other sick people to us and witnessing that our services was very helpfull for them.

The satisfaction through money will expired quickly. But the satisfaction through the patient’s health improvement, their smile and their happiness, will last long. It even will increasing our energy and strong motivation to help the people better and better.

After my mission in Palu finish, I was going back to my home.

I am very thankfull that I was given opportunity to become a volunteer in a disaster area. Through this experience, I am becoming a brave person and I  learn much many things in the field, from everybody there.

As a young doctor, I hope I will keep the spirit of serving the suffering people, which I got in Palu. And I hope I will keep it forever in my heart.

Gempa dan Tsunami di Palu ; PERDHAKI Emergency Respond Program

Gempa dan Tsunami di Palu ; PERDHAKI Emergency Respond Program

Prakata.

dr. Kevin Octavianus Sugianto adalah seorang relawan yang bergabung dengan Perdhaki Emergency Respond program untuk menolong orang-orang yang terdampak gempa dan tsunami di Palu. Bekerja di Pos Kesehatan Perdhaki di Palu mulai tanggal 22 November 2018 sampai dengan tanggal 5 Desember 2018

Kesan-kesan seorang relawan

Pada 15 November 2018, saya mendapatkan tawaran untuk ikut serta menjadi relawan untuk bencana di Palu dari teman saya, Edo.

Tawaran tersebut,  langsung saya terima karena kebetulan waktu itu saya sedang mengalami kejenuhan karena sedang dalam masa-masa menunggu internship setelah lulus dari kuliah kedokteran.

Setelah menerima tawaran tersebut, ada 2 hal yang sedikit mengganggu pikiran saya:

Pertama, Saya yang saat itu belum mengetahui apapun tentang PERDHAKI, merasa agak ragu dengan organisasi ini karena minimnya informasi tentang PERDHAKI di internet.

Hal kedua yang menjadi masalah bagi saya adalah saya merasa diri saya tidak cocok dengan kata-kata “relawan”, karena bagi saya seorang relawan haruslah seseorang dengan jiwa sosial yang tinggi, tidak mengharapkan balas jasa, dan tentu saja jauh dari pemikiran yang materialistis, sedangkan saya sendiri adalah orang yang lulus dari sekolah kedokteran yang setelah lulus bertekad untuk mengumpulkan kekayaan sebanyak-banyaknya. Pemikiran saya yang utama adalah, karena uang kuliah kedokteran yang mahal, tentu saja saya harus secepatnya menjadi kaya, pendek kata, saya sungguh bukanlah orang yang berjiwa sosial dan jauh dari kriteria “relawan”.

Setelah persiapan dan tanpa briefing yang mendalam, pada tanggal 22 November saya dan teman saya berangkat ke Bandara.Selama perjalanan saya banyak merasakan keraguan, ragu karena tidak adanya kejelasan akan tugas saya disana, ragu apa saja yang harus saya persiapkan, dan tentu saja ragu akan diri saya sendiri, seorang yang baru lulus dan tidak berjiwa sosial, apakah mampu untuk membantu di bencana.

Di bandara, saya bertemu dengan relawan senior, Br Conrad, yang akan ikut berangkat ke Palu. Sambil menunggu anggota tim yang lain yang belum datang, saya dan teman saya mendengarkan pengalaman tentang bencana-bencana sebelumnya, dan hal tersebut lumayan menenangkan saya karena setidaknya disana saya akan berangkat dengan relawan yang sudah berpengalaman.

Akhirnya setelah anggota tim lengkap, saya, Edo, Minggu, Hendrik, Apip, Irfan, dan tentu saja Br Conrad sebagai pemimpin rombongan, menuju ke pesawat.

Sore itu akhirnya kami sampai di Palu dengan disambut pendaratan yang cukup menegangkan karena keadaan landasan yang masih belum sempurna akibat gempa. Kami langsung menuju ke posko kami, sesampainya di posko kami bertemu dengan 1 anggota tim kami yang sudah ada disana sejak awal bencana, Pak Gede, dan kami juga bertemu dengan relawan-relawan lain dari organisasi lain yang juga menetap di posko tersebut.

Hal yang membuat saya terkejut saat sampai di posko tersebut adalah kamar mandinya yang kurang terawat, keset yang selalu basah, tidak ada air panas, ditambah dengan penerangan yang kurang, makanan yang enak tetapi sering dihinggapi lalat, dan tempat tidur yang membuat saya tidak ingin berbaring disana, karena seprai yang agak bau karena tidak diganti, semut yang berjalan-jalan diatas kasur tempat saya tidur, lalat dan nyamuk yang berterbangan kesana kemari, bahkan ke makanan.

Keadaan yang tentu saja beda dengan keadaan di rumah, tentu saja saya langsung merasa tidak betah dan langsung berpikir “Bagaimana bisa saya dapat bertahan di keadaan seperti ini 14 hari ke depan?”. Siksaan terbesar saya adalah saat mandi dan saat tidur karena fasilitas keduanya sangat kurang nyaman untuk digunakan. Untungnya saya tidak sendiri, ternyata teman saya pun mengalami hal yang serupa, maka tiap hari pun kami saling sharing dan memberi motivasi. Setiap malam saya menghitung berapa hari, berapa kali mandi, dan berapa malam lagi yang harus dilewati disini sampai pulang nanti.

Setiap hari, biasanya pagi hari, kami mengadakan pelayanan kesehatan di posko-posko pengungsian, bersama mobil kesayangan kami, Gajah, minibus biru tua yang dialihfungsikan menjadi ambulans, karena AC sedang rusak, didukung dengan keadaan Palu yang relatif panas dan sangat berdebu, Cuma ada 2 pilihan, membuka jendela dan menikmati angin yang datang bersama debu, atau berusaha bertahan tidak membuka jendela tetapi kepanasan, sungguh 2 pilihan yang sama-sama tidak nyaman.

Seperti masalah tempat tidur tadi, perjalanan dengan Gajah pun masuk hitungan saya setiap hari, “Berapa perjalanan berdebu lagi yang harus dijalani sampai pulang nanti?”.

Setiap pulang dari pelayanan kesehatan, dengan badan, muka, dan rambut yang penuh dengan campuran keringat dan debu, saya harus mandi di tempat yang tidak saya sukai, makan makanan yang entah sudah dihinggapi berapa ekor lalat, lalu lanjut tidur ditemani nyamuk dan semut.

Sulit untuk menggambarkan perasaan saya pada saat itu, tanpa adanya satupun hal yang bisa saya nikmati disana, hari-hari selama di posko bagaikan neraka, terutama pada hari-hari awal, apalagi mengingat jumlah hari yang masih panjang disana.

Proses adaptasi untuk menjadi seorang relawan medis tidak hanya terbatas pada keterbatasan sarana diatas yang harus saya jalani selama di Palu, tetapi tentu juga pada kegiatan utama kami, pelayanan medis.

Dalam pelayanan medis kami disini saya merasa seakan-akan semua ilmu saya selama kuliah menjadi tidak berguna. Obat yang terbatas, alat kesehatan yang terbatas, jumlah pasien yang banyak, perbedaan bahasa dengan pasien yang mengharuskan saya memutar otak untuk dapat mengerti maksudnya, tempat melakukan pemeriksaan yang seadanya(kadang berdebu, kadang kepanasan, dan kadang-kadang keduanya).

Sebagai dokter yang baru lulus dan terbiasa dengan teori dan pada saat koas pun terbiasa dengan peralatan dan obat yang lengkap di rumah sakit, tentu saja hal ini sangat membingungkan.

Pelayanan medis ini menjadi siksaan terberat selama disini, tetapi anehnya juga sekaligus menjadi awal titik balik yang membuat saya bertahan dan malahan menikmati semua ketidaknyamanan diatas.

Setiap malam setelah pelayanan, tim kami selalu mengadakan rapat internal, tentang kesulitan-kesulitan kami selama pelayanan medis, dan saran kedepannya agar masalah bisa teratasi. Setiap rapat, Br Conrad dan Pak Gede selalu membagikan cerita dan pengalaman mereka selama di bencana-bencana sebelumnya, serta tips dan trik dalam menjadi relawan medis di bencana. Hal yang selalu mereka tekankan hanyalah satu, dan hal tersebut juga yang selalu saya ingat, “Layani dengan hati”, rangkaian kata-kata yang sudah sangat umum ditemui di dinding perusahaan manapun, di bank,rumah sakit, kantor, rumah makan, dan biasanya hanya menjadi hiasan dinding saja tanpa adanya realisasi hal tersebut dari para pekerjanya.

Br Conrad dan Pak Gede selalu mengatakan pada kami kalau pasien tidak akan sembuh hanya dengan diberikan obat-obatan yang terbatas tersebut, tetapi pasien akan sembuh karena perhatian yang kita berikan, perasaan melayani yang tulus, dan dari doa kita untuk pasien. Jangan seperti mesin obat yang hanya menanyakan nama pasien, menanyakan keluhan, dan langsung memberi obat, pasien ingin didengar, pasien ingin diajak berbicara, dan pasien ingin mengetahui bahwa masih ada orang yang perhatian padanya, jika hal tersebut dilakukan, bukan tidak mungkin nantinya pasien akan langsung merasa tidak sakit lagi bahkan sebelum mereka minum obat.

Dalam setiap pelayanan medis yang kami lakukan disana, saya dan teman saya berusaha menerapkan pelayanan dengan hati, selelah apapun, dan sebanyak apapun pasien yang berobat, kami selalu menyediakan waktu untuk mendengar cerita pasien, dan selalu berusaha untuk bersikap ramah. Untuk mengubah kebiasaan selama di kuliah tentulah sangat sulit, saat kuliah, nilai kami hanya ditentukan oleh diagnosis yang tepat,obat yang tepat, dan waktu pemeriksaan yang cepat, sebetulnya memang empati pun akan dinilai,tetapi yang kami lakukan biasanya hanyalah empati yang pura-pura karena pasien yang kami hadapi pun pasien yang pura-pura sakit.

Pada awalnya kami cukup sulit untuk melakukan empati yang sesungguhnya karena terbiasa dengan empati yang berpura-pura, setelah beberapa hari dan beberapa ratus pasien kemudian, kami lama-kelamaan sudah mulai merasa nyaman untuk mendengarkan pasien, berempati kepada pasien, dan mengobrol dengan pasien. Malahan hal tersebut terasa sudah jadi kebiasaan dalam setiap pelayanan medis yang kami lakukan disana.

Pelayanan medis kepada pasien korban bencana alam di Palu

Obrolan kami tiap malam pun mulai bergeser dari yang sebelumnya membicarakan fasilitas posko yang kurang memadai dan perjalanan yang kurang nyaman menjadi membicarakan suatu hal yang baru kami rasakan disana, rasa nyaman yang kami rasakan saat melayani pasien dengan hati dan harapan supaya dapat menjadi kebiasaan untuk seterusnya bahkan setelah pulang dari sini.

Dalam pelayanan-pelayanan kesehatan berikutnya, kami semakin terbiasa untuk mendengarkan pasien dan memberi perhatian kepada pasien, hal paling pertama yang dirasakan berubah adalah rasa lelah yang sudah tidak berasa walaupun jumlah pasien sangat banyak, karena dengan memberi perhatian kepada pasien pun, energi dan semangat kamipun kembali pulih saat melihat perubahan pada wajah pasien, wajah yang datang dengan rasa sedih karena sakit yang diderita, tempat tinggal yang hancur karena bencana, dan juga hilangnya anggota keluarga akibat bencana dapat berubah menjadi cerah atau setidaknya sedikit lebih cerah. Melihat perubahan seperti itu saja sudah merupakan hal berharga yang tidak ternilai harganya. Tim kami selalu mengusahakan adanya followup untuk mengetahui keadaan pasien setelah dan sebelum diobati, jadi terkadang kami menyempatkan mendatangi kembali tempat-tempat yang sudah pernah kami datangi sebelumnya. Sesungguhnya hal ini dilakukan untuk kembali menolong para pengungsi yang masih merasa dirinya belum sehat, tetapi bagi saya pribadi, saat-saat followup ini malahan menjadi obat bagi diri saya sendiri dari pemikiran yang salah tentang tujuan menjadi dokter.

Saya baru menyadari disini bahwa penghargaan tertinggi sebagai dokter bukanlah dari berapa materi, tetapi saat pasien yang sudah pernah diobati, datang kembali bukan untuk berobat, tetapi hanya untuk berterimakasih karena penyakitnya sudah sembuh, saat pasien membawa anggota keluarganya yang lain karena dirinya merasa cocok dengan pengobatan yang saya berikan, saat pasien yang belum sembuh masih memberikan kepercayaan kepada saya untuk kembali mengobati dirinya. Kepuasan dari memperoleh materi akan cepat habis, tetapi kepuasan dari memperoleh kepercayaan dan rasa terimakasih yang disertai senyuman dari pasien, serta rasa puas saat melihat pasien yang awalnya mengalami kesakitan lalu bisa sembuh, tidak akan habis, malahan akan menjadi energi tambahan dan motivasi untuk selalu memberikan pelayanan yang terbaik kepada pasien.

Setelah menjalani hari-hari di Palu, tibalah saatnya untuk pulang. Saya pribadi sangat bersyukur karena sudah berani untuk ikut menjadi relawan, melawan semua keraguan pada awal keberangkatan, dan mau juga untuk tidak membatasi diri untuk bisa belajar hal yang baik dari siapapun yang saya temui disana..

Sebagai dokter yang masih “hijau”, saya berharap semangat PERDHAKI tentang pelayanan yang dari hati yang sudah tertanam selama di Palu ini tidak akan luntur dimakan waktu dan keadaan sehingga kedepannya saya dapat terus melayani dengan hati.

Mobil ambulan PERDHAKI yang membawa logistik obat

Peringatan Hari Orang Sakit Sedunia di Klinik Pratama Stella Maris Linggang Bigung, Kutai Barat

Peringatan Hari Orang Sakit Sedunia di Klinik Pratama Stella Maris

Linggang Bigung, Kutai Barat

KUTAI BARAT – Klinik Pratama Stella Maris merayakan Hari Orang sakit Sedunia yang ke-27 pada hari Senin, 11 Februari 2019, thema  Bermurah hatilah, dengan mengadakan perayaan  Ekaristi yang dipimpin oleh pastor paroki St.Yohanes Penginjil Linggang Melapeh, RP. Blasius Baene, SVD, didampinggi RP. Hendrik Nuwa, SVD, RP. Frederikus  Pareira, SVD dan RD. Sam Anyeq Tadeus Pr, serta membagikan kado pada seluruh pasien rawat inap serta pasien lansia yang sering berobat ke klinik yang diundang dalam acara ini, mereka difasilitasi kendaraan operasional klinik dan susteran PRR untuk dijemput dan diantar pulang setelah misa selesai.  Kegiatan ini merupakan kegiatan rutin tahunan klinik swasta Katolik di bawah naungan Yayasan Santa Maria Lourdes Larantuka milik Konggregasi PRR. Menurut pimpinan klinik, Sr Emmanuella PRR, tujuan dari perayaan ini adalah untuk memberikan perhatian khusus kepada orang – orang sakit. Dengan adanya perayaan Hari Orang Sakit Sedunia diharapkan mampu  memberikan kekuatan spiritual yang diperbarui agar Klinik Kesehatan Katolik semakin fokus mengamalkan pelayanan kaum miskin, lemah, menderita, dan tersingkirkan sesuai dengan Visi Klinik Yaitu menjadi klinik katolik yang berkomitmen pada kehidupan didasari semangat Yesus Kristus hamba Yahwe dan Maria bunda Allah. Dengan motto “senyum sapa kasihmu menyembuhkan aku”. (Oleh: dr. M.C. Yosinta Djoka)

Peringatan Hari Orang Sakit Sedunia di Klinik Stella Maris, Kutai Barat
Pemberian hosti dan kunjungan kepada pasien

Piagam Penghargaan

Piagam Penghargaan

Kementerian Kesehatan Republik Indonesia memberikan apresiasi serta ucapan terima kasih kepada relawan yang telah mengabdi dalam penanggulangan krisis kesehatan di Provinsi Nusa Tenggara Barat. Pada acara Hari Kesehatan Nasional telah dberikan piagam penghargaan secara simbolis kepada perwakilan lembaga. Dr. Felix Gunawan mewakili PERDHAKI, hadir sebagai salah satu penerima piagam yang diberikan pada Kamis, 8 November 2018 bertempat di Indonesian Convention Exhibition (ICE BSD) Jl. BSD Grand Boulevard No. I, BSD City, Tanggerang, Banten.

Piagam penghargaan dari Kementerian Kesehatan RI

Advokasi oleh Program Malaria PERDHAKI di Kabupaten Lembata

Advokasi oleh Program Malaria PERDHAKI di Kabupaten Lembata

Program Malaria PERDHAKI di Kabupaten Lembata sudah dijalankan sejak tahun 2015 oleh Sub Sub Recipient (SSR) Yayasan Papa Miskin Dekenat (YPMD) Lembata dan sejak awal tahun 2018, terbentuklah SSR YPMD Lembata II untuk proses akselerasi dan percepatan eliminasi malaria di Kabupaten Lembata. SSR ini telah merancang dan melaksanakan berbagai program dan inovasi yang berbasis pada pemberdayaan masyarakat dan melibatkan berbagai stakeholder untuk menurunkan angka kesakitan malaria di Kabupaten Lembata. Hingga saat ini, SSR YPMD Lembata I dan II telah bekerja di 10 desa yang tersebar di 9 Kecamatan dan mengembangkan berbagai inovasi berbasis Participatory, Learning and Action (PLA) dalam menumbuhkan kepedulian masyarakat atas tingginya angka kesakitan malaria di Kabupaten Lembata. Lebih jauh, dengan melibatkan berbagai stakeholder seperti NGO/CSO yang berada di Kabupaten dan sejumlah instansi di lingkup Pemda Kabupaten Lembata, kedua SSR turut mendorong lahirnya Tim PLA Kabupaten Lembata yang akan menjadi motor penggerak berbagai aktivitas lintas stakeholder untuk percepatan . Selain itu, Program Malaria PERDHAKI melalui SSR yang ada di Lembata turut mendampingi 3 Unit Pelayanan Kesehatan (UPK) di bawah naungan PERDHAKI untuk terlibat dalam berbagai program pemberantasan malaria dan membangun inovasi jejaring Public Private Mix bersama fasilitas kesehatan lainnya untuk bersama-sama bergerak dalam berbagai kegiatan pemberantasan malaria di Kabupaten Lembata.

Berawal dari mimpi bahwa Program Malaria PERDHAKI berkontribusi untuk eliminasi di Lembata, maka kedua SSR Yayasan Papa Miskin Dekenat Lembata berinisiatif untuk melaksanakan pertemuan advokasi percepatan eliminasi malaria di Kabupaten Lembata dengan melibatkan berbagai stakeholder Pemerintah Daerah Kabupaten Lembata, Tim SABER Malaria, CSO/NGO, Tim PLA Kabupaten dan Tim Program Malaria PERDHAKI. Sehingga dengan demikian, diharapkan kerjasama dan sinergisitas dapat terbangun dan proses percepatan eliminasi dapat berjalan dengan baik menuju Lembata Sehat, Lembata Bebas Malaria. Kegiatan ini sudah berlangsung pada tanggal 23 Oktober 2018 dan output dari kegiatan ini semua stakeholder akan bekerja sama agar proses percepatan eliminasi dapat berjalan dengan baik menuju Lembata Sehata, Lembata Bebas Malaria.

SSR Yayasan Papa Miskin Dekenat Lembata I dan II juga berinisiatif untuk melaksanakan Pertemuan Advokasi dan Workshop Kebijakan dan Penganggaran Alokasi Dana Desa Untuk Bidang Kesehatan Di Kabupaten Lembata. Kegiatan ini sudah berlangsung pada tanggal 24 Oktober 2018 dan output dari kegiatan ini setiap Kepala Desa berkomitmen untuk mengalokasikan dana desa untuk Program Malaria sehingga berkontribusi untuk proses percepatan eliminasi di Lembata.

Melayani untuk Kehidupan

Gempa dengan kekuatan 6,4 SR mengguncang Lombok pada hari Minggu 29 Juli lalu. Meski tidak sampai terjadi tsunami, ratusan bangunan roboh, akses jalan terputus karena longsor, dan jatuh banyak korban luka hingga meninggal dunia. Gempa yang terjadi pukul 05.47 WIB ini juga dirasakan di Bali dan sekitarnya.

Tanpa membuang waktu, RS Katolik St. Vincentius a Paulo (RKZ Surabaya) menyiapkan tim medis untuk “turun” ke lapangan. Hanya berselang 2 (dua) hari, di hari Selasa tgl 31 Juli, tim medis RKZ sudah berada di Lombok siap mengulurkan tangan untuk meringankan penderitaan sesama yang terkena bencana. Tim perdana ini terdiri dari 2 (dua) orang dokter, 4 (empat) perawat dan 1 (satu) asisten apoteker, bekerja sama dengan RS Katolilk St. Antonius – Ampenan, memberikan pelayanan kesehatan selama lima hari di beberapa Posko di kecamatan Sembalun yang merupakan area terdampak berat. Setiap pagi tim berangkat ke Posko dan kembali untuk beristirahat di RS Katolik St. Antonius saat menjelang tengah malam.

Melihat situasi mereda, manajemen RKZ menunda keberangkatan tim berikutnya. Namun kemarahan alam rupanya belumlah reda. Minggu malam, tanggal 5 Agustus, gempa lebih besar mengguncang lagi, dengan korban makin banyak. RKZ Surabaya segera mengirimkan tim baksos yang ke dua, mendarat di Lombok tanggal 8 Agustus. Sesuai kebutuhan, tim terdiri dari 1 dokter IGD, 1 perawat Kamar Bedah, 1 perawat anastesi, 2 perawat Rawat Luka.

Selain membantu pelayanan korban di RS Katolik St. Antonius Ampenan, tim ke dua ini Ikut berpartisipasi aktif dalam pelayanan di Rumah Sakit Umum, di Kamar Operasi maupun di tenda-tenda perawatan. Selama di Lombok, tim ini mengalami sendiri gempa-gempa susulan yang datang silih berganti. Satu kali ketika terjadi gempa susulan yang cukup kuat, satu tim operasi termasuk anggota tim medis RKZ terpaksa harus bertahan melanjutkan operasi yang sudah berjalan separuh. Gempa tersebut menyebabkan ruang operasi di Rumah Sakit Umum selanjutnya tidak bisa digunakan lagi, sehingga didatangkanlah container-container untuk operasi. Di saat-saat terakhir sebelum kembali ke Surabaya, tim masih harus bertugas di kamar operasi maupun perawatan korban.

Gempa terus berlanjut, maka berangkatlah tim medis RKZ yang ke tiga pada tanggal 16 Agustus, terdiri dari 1 dokter spesialis orthopedi, 1 perawat anastesi dan 2 perawat lain. Tim ini mengerjakan tindakan operasi sampai pelayanan kesehatan ke posko-posko yang saat itu belum terjangkau bantuan seperti di Gangga yang lokasinya cukup menantang. Malam terakhir sebelum pulang, tim ke tiga RKZ mendapat “bonus” pengalaman gempa 6,5 SR yang seakan menjadi puncak kisah bakti sosialnya. Dalam kegelapan (karena PLN dimatikan dan genset belum berani dinyalakan) mengevakuasi pasien Rumah Sakit ke area parkir dan menjaga pasien semalaman dalam kejutan-kejutan gempa susulan, menjadi pengalaman yang tak mudah terlupakan.

Sampai tulisan ini diturunkan, RKZ Surabaya belum mengirimkan tim medis berikutnya, namun berbagai bantuan dikoordinasikan bersama RSK St. Antonius. Saat-saat baksos menjadi saat-saat berahmat bukan saja bagi mereka yang dilayani, namun semua anggota tim menyatakan bahwa kegiatan pelayanan baksos ini benar-benar memberikan pengalaman yang berharga yang tak terlupakan. Melayani mereka yang menderita sungguh membangkitkan rasa syukur atas segala anugerah yang boleh diterima dan memperkuat rasa persaudaraan serta empati dengan para korban sebagai sesama anak-anak Allah.

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