Healthcare for Indonesia’s 250 million people is a costly expense.
However, a new initiative by a young doctor is proving popular in low-income communities.
People need to collect non-organic rubbish, which is sold for recycling, or organic waste, which is turned into fertiliser, in exchange for free medical services at certain clinics.
The money received goes into a “health fund”.
“Our business venture aims to have a social impact. We’re not looking to profit from this. The money generated is used to ensure the programme is sustained,” explained Dr. Gamal Albinsaid, the 25-year-old founder of the “Garbage Clinical Programme”
Staff have been visiting villages in East Java Province.
There are currently 500 people participating in the initiative, which began in March.
Half of Indonesians live on less than two dollars per day.