Project information

Medical Services for Rural Communities

Villagers from Neros village and surrounding villages on the island of Flores, Indonesia currently struggle to access medical services due to the distance they have to travel and lack of money to pay for treatment. We plan to build a small clinic to bring preventative health services to them.

4 weeks

Charity information: The Neros Foundation

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  • Need


    Life in the rural areas of Flores is tough. Many families are subsistance farmers and money is limited. Currently government nurses are supposed to visit villages, but at best the services are erratic. Add to this the fact that the local hospital is at least 6 hours travel by truck (assuming you can afford it) and when you get there you need to pay for drugs and food, then it is easy to understand why people don't seek treatment or sadly leave it until it's too late.


    The new clinic will bring key medical services to the heart of the community. The chosen site is at the junction of the roads to 5 villages and close to the regular market. Villagers will be able to be treated close to home and as a result be able to get health problems addressed that previously they couldn't afford. In addition the clinic will become a centre for preventative health projects including maternity and midwifery support and vaccination.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build an 8 bed primary care clinic with 2 consulting rooms, training room and staff accomodation


    » Involve local people in building the clinic to ensure they know of it's existence and purpose.
    » Gain commitment from key government officials that they will provide long term support to the clinic by providing staff and medical supplies.
    » Partner with the local city hospital to provide additional advice about the health needs of the area and resources.

    What success will look like

    Success will be completing the building phase by spring 2013, having staff in post and the clinic up and running. And the safe delivery of the first baby.

  • Impact


    The project will increase access to medical services and allow preventative health programmes to be rolled out in this region. The long term intention is that the clinic will also become a hub for regional nurse's training.
    Success will be defined as a drop in the infant mortality rate which is currently estimated to be 57 per 1000 live births.


    The risk is that the local goverment would not support the project. We have dealt with this by having a face-to-face meeting (the Indonesian way) and commitment has been made by both sides. If needed it might also be posible to rent the clinic building to a private doctor, but this would make treatment less affordable for villagers.


    Funders will receive email newsletters with project updates and planned fundraising activites. In addition we will send more detailed project updates on a mutually agreed basis.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,150 Building costs 2 Consulting Rooms
      £12,350 Building costs 2 Wards inculding mortuary
      £7,700 Building costs Staff accomodation
      £7,300 Building costs Training room, waiting area and other facilities
  • Background


    Flores is one of the 17,000 islands which make up Indonesia’s vast archipelago. The population of Flores is around 1.5 million, and most of those people live in villages rather than urban centres.
    We have purchased a suitable site, ideally placed at the intersection of five roads which link villages to the main road to the city of Ruteng. The local market takes place nearby, so the location is a hub for local communities and will be convenient for people to visit.


    Village life in Flores is basic, simple and tough, but there is a strong community spirit. However, the area is extremely poor by Western standards and lacks many amenities which we would consider essential. The Indonesian government provides limited funds for infrastructure and health care, and most of those funds are spent in urban centres leaving little money available for rural communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    One of our trustees was born and raised in Neros Village on Flores. He now lives in the UK, so can combine his local knowledge and understanding about how things are done in Indonesian culture with western building techniques and best practise.
    The charity has previously carried out some water and sanitation projects in the area which has gained us the respect of the village communites and helped secure backing from the local government.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Marcell Marung

    Trustee and project leader. Marcell is from the region and successfully met with the government to gain their commitment. He will oversee the build.

    Angie Marung

    Trustee and fundraising leader. Angie has visited the region several times and has seen at first hand the need for improved medical serivices.

    Kirsty Hunt

    Trustee and charity coordinator. Kirsty ensures that we are organised and all aspects of the project stay on track.


will pay for a consulting room