PTAR Senior Manager of Community Relations Christine Pepah handed over a plaque of appreciation to Dani Ferdian, the Director of CV Sinergi Medika Indonesia, at the launch of Posyandu Revitalization Program in Batangtoru, South Tapanuli, North Sumatra, 2 July 2022.
Batangtoru, 7 August 2022 – PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR), the operator of Martabe Gold Mine, initiated the Revitalization of Integrated Health-Services Post (Posyandu) in 7 pilot villages in Batangtoru and Muara Batangtoru Subdistricts, South Tapanuli District, North Sumatra.
With the target of competency expansion of Posyandu gradually towards an Independent Posyandu (Posyandu Mandiri) focusing on all-ages family health, this is part of the 2022 focus to increase in the quality and services of education, health, social and culture, economy, and basic infrastructures for the community.
PTAR General Manager Operations Rahmat Lubis said of this Community Development and Empowerment Program (Pengembangan dan Pemberdayaan Masyarakat or “PPM”):
Posyandu Revitalization Program is an important program of PTAR to increase health services access and health quality in the community.
In coordination with national efforts of the Indonesian government, the Posyandu Revitalization Program is included in the document of National Medium Term Development Plan (Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Nasional or “RPJMN”) and in the Strategic Plan of the Health Ministry for 2020-2024. At its core, the Posyandu is a meeting point between health service workers and the public to join together in overcoming health problems, especially in the efforts to decrease infant mortality.
In July 2022 the Regional Health Agency of South Tapanuli, experts from CV Sinergi Medika Indonesia, and PTAR signed the Cooperation Agreement of Posyandu Revitalization Program for 7 identified villages, as part of this commitment.
Within this 6-month program, there are five Posyandu in Batangtoru Subdistrict, (in Napa Village, Hapesong Lama Village, Aek Pining Kelurahan, Wek II Kelurahan, and Telo Village). The other two are in Bandar Hapinis Village and Terapung Raya Village in Muara Batangtoru Subdistrict.
Christine Pepah, PTAR Senior Community Manager, noted that in addition to improving Posyandu services, empowering health cadres in terms of knowledge and soft skill improvement is a key objective:
This Posyandu Revitalization Program is expected to impact positively on increased public health capability in these 7 villages. This includes improving the nutritional status and the health of new mothers and babies as well as improving Posyandu facilities.
PT Agincourt Resources Senior Manager Community Christine Pepah handed over a plaque of appreciation to the Director of CV Sinergi Medika Indonesia Dani Ferdian at the launch of Posyandu Revitalization Program in Batangtoru, South Tapanuli, North Sumatra, 2 July 2022. (Doc: PTAR)
Team Assembles when Agincourt Resources initiated the Posyandu Revitalization program in 7 pilot villages in Batangtoru and Muara Batangtoru Subdistricts, South Tapanuli District, North Sumatra, 2 July 2022.
Other Health Programs
PTAR has also assisted in a health talk via webinar on 4 August 2022 with pediatrician Fitria Mahrunnisa, M.Sc., Sp.A. discussing with Posyandu health cadres ideas on diarrhea treatment and stunting prevention themed “Knowing Health Problems and Child Health Services in Posyandu”. A further program was in launching the Tuberculosis-Free South Tapanuli Drive (ENTAS-TB), to suppress the incidence rate of the communicable disease tuberculosis in South Tapanuli. This program, a cooperation between PTAR, the Government of South Tapanuli District, and KNCV Indonesia Foundation also focused on the same seven villages, namely Aek Pining Kelurahan, Telo Village, Napa Village, Hapesong Lama Village, Wek II Kelurahan, Terapung Raya Village, and Bandar Hapinis Village.
Hendra Sakti Siregar, Head of Aek Pining Kelurahan, gave positive appreciation for the Posyandu Revitalization Program:
This program has a great impact on the health cadres. When this program started and the cadres received health education, the cadres immediately went out and collected the data of infants to the elderly. As a result, the data collection of community health is more complete than before.