I am Dr. Kinari Webb, founder of a health clinic in Indonesia that works with communities to stop illegal logging with health care incentives. AMA!
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I established a unique community clinic in Borneo called Health in Harmony where patients can pay for health services with non-cash means like seedlings, handicrafts or labor, and regardless of the currency they use, patients get a 70% discount if they live in an area where illegal logging activity has stopped. Our mission is to improve the health of local residents while creating social pressure to stop illegal logging in and around the park, which is a haven for wildlife like the endangered Bornean orangutan.
At the clinic we use a technique called Radical Listening, which involves reaching out to the local community to find out what they see as solutions and implementing those. I originally went to Borneo as a young researcher to study orangutans and how their dwindling environment endangers their survival. What I didn’t expect was to discover the intimate connections between poverty, logging, poor health, substandard education, unsustainable farming practices and, of course, the orangutan. It was after returning to the US to become a physician that I established Health and Harmony.
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Here’s my proof: https://twitter.com/pritheworld/status/811929779712774144