Anyone who visits Malaysia will quickly come to realize that Malaysians are blessed with enormous talent, ranging from the myriad of entrepreneurs creating new businesses online to those active in the creative industries including music, culture and sports. But there is also still a widespread sense that Malaysia is not making the most of its human capital, with concerns that despite large investments in education and health, the returns are not as high as they should be, and that a large share of Malaysians are still being left behind.
Working in public health brings me close to the stories of brave patients and dedicated medical staff. Very often we also conduct quantitative and qualitative assessments of case studies. In recent years, our work in Malaysia engages a public health concern that has gripped the world – HIV. Our findings have given us hope of winning the fight against the disease.
Bapak Kris mengelola pabrik penghasil pelet yang terletak di dekat kota Boyolali, Jawa Tengah. Sejak pabrik dibentuk, ia telah berpikir untuk merambah pasar domestik — meskipun sampai saat ini pelet produksinya diutamakan untuk ekspor — dikarenakan mulai redanya antusiasme pasar global. Ketika Bapak Kris mendapat informasi bahwa Program Inisiatif Tungku Sehat Hemat Energi (TSHE) / Clean Stove Initiative (CSI) Indonesia telah meluncurkan program percontohan Pembiayaan Berbasis Hasil (PBH), ia pun ikut mendaftar dan berpartisipasi dalam program tersebut.
Ia menggabungkan wawasannya tentang pasar pelet lokal dengan insentif yang diberikan program percontohan untuk mengembangkan jaringan distribusi dan menguji TSHE berbasis pelet buatannya. Setiap tungku yang dijual dilengkapi 1 kilo pelet kayu yang perusahaannya berikan secara cuma-cuma. Dengan pengalamannya bergabung dalam program percontohan PBH, Pak Kris melihat adanya potensi pasar tungku masak yang bersih dan efisien. Ia berencana terus menjual TSHE dengan harapan suatu saat dapat mendirikan pabrik pelet miliknya sendiri.
Bapak Kris manages a pellet production factory, located just outside Boyolali City in Central Java. Since its founding, he has started considering the domestic market- despite the fact that the produced pellets have mainly been for export- as the global markets have begun to cool down. When Bapak Kris learned that the Indonesia Clean Stove Initiative (CSI) had launched its Results-Based Financing (RBF) pilot in the Province, he registered and participated in the pilot.
He combined his knowledge of the local pellet market with the pilot program incentives to expand his distribution network and test new pellet-based clean stoves. With each stove sold, the company provided the consumer 1 kg of wood pellets free of charge. With the experience of participating in the RBF pilot, Pak Kris sees the potential of the clean cooking market. He plans to continue selling clean stoves and hopes to set up his own pellet factory.
Data compiled over the past two decades has found that all four major non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Tonga are on the rise – diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and respiratory diseases. According to the latest WHO data, NCDs accounted for four out of five leading causes of deaths in Tonga, which is among the highest in the Pacific.
The increase in risky behaviors such as smoking, poor diet, harmful alcohol intake, and physical inactivity are acknowledged as the major contributing factors to the rise in NCDs in Tonga. Almost one in two men smoke, and smoking appears to be increasing among young women in Tonga. These are all strongly linked to ‘unhealthy environments’, and require complementary policies, regulations and legislation interventions.
It’s been ten years since the Wenchuan Earthquake struck China, leaving an everlasting scar on ravaged land, but also revealing the strong and unyielding will of the Chinese people.
In most rural communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG), a daily routine for women and girls involves collecting clean drinking water for their families. Whether it means a strenuous walk down a steep hill in the highlands or walking for hours during the dry season to the nearest water source, this daily task is familiar to a lot of us.
A few months ago, I travelled to Bialla, a small district town in West New Britain Province, in the north-eastern end of PNG after the launch of the new Water & Sanitation Development Project.
Driving into the township, it’s obvious why access to clean tapped water is so important: the main road was filled with women, and children of school age, carrying huge water containers heading to the nearest river.
I met 13-year-old Rendela, who told me about Tiraua river that it was about an hour out of town. Like most young girls in Bialla, Rendela is responsible for collecting water for her family.
Năm 1977, khi tôi sinh ra, tôi chỉ nặng 2.5 kg như phần lớn trẻ em sinh ra trong thời kỳ kiệt quệ sau chiến tranh. Một người họ hàng của tôi chết ở tuổi 40 vì bệnh lao. Ông tôi, một lang y, rất buồn vì không thể dùng thảo dược để chữa trị căn bệnh thuộc tứ chứng nan y này, trong khi bác sĩ và thuốc chống lao lại không sẵn có ở tuyến xã. Bố mẹ tôi quyết định rời nông thôn ra thành phố để mong chúng tôi có thể tiếp cận hệ thống giáo dục và y tế tốt hơn.
Năm 1997, khi tôi hai mươi, cùng các bạn sinh viên y, tôi háo hức đi thực tập tại một trạm y tế xã ở vùng nông thôn. Các giáo sư nói rằng chúng tôi là thế hệ bác sĩ đầu tiên của Việt Nam được đào tạo để tăng cường cho y tế cơ sở. Thời kỳ này, Việt Nam có ít hơn 5 bác sĩ trên 1 vạn dân và hơn 75% số xã không có bác sĩ phục vụ. Nhưng thành thực mà nói thì không có nhiều sinh viên tốt nghiệp trường y lựa chọn công việc chăm sóc sức khỏe ban đầu, vì thế, những khó khăn về nhân lực cho y tế cơ sở còn tồn tại dai dẳng.