Garbage clinical insurance wins sustainability entrepreneur prize

Garbage Clinical Insurance: Young Indonesian Doctor Receives Award From Prince of Wales | Source/complete article – Establishment Post, Feb 12, 2014.

Excerpts – Gamal Albinsaid, a young Indonesian doctor, has recently been awarded the inaugural “Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize” from the Prince of Wales. He was given the award during a dinner reception at the Buckingham Palace at the end of January. His innovative project helps the poorest communities gain access to health services and education through the collection and recycling of garbage called the Garbage Clinical Insurance enterprise.

Photo: Courtesy of Indonesia Medika/Gamal Albinsaid Mr Gamal Albinsaid received his award from HRH Prince of Wales during a dinner reception at the Buckingham palace  at the end of January 2014.

Photo: Courtesy of Indonesia Medika/Gamal Albinsaid
Mr Gamal Albinsaid received his award from HRH Prince of Wales during a dinner reception at the Buckingham palace at the end of January 2014.

Mr Albinsaid, currently the chief executive officer (CEO) of Indonesia Medika, is the Founder of the Indonesian social enterprise Garbage Clinical Insurance (GCI). He was inspired to set up the micro-insurance programme to empower people to take an active role in managing their waste while improving their sanitation.

The 24-year-old doctor set up the initiative in 2009 when he was still a medical student at the Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java province. Mr Albinsaid was saddened upon hearing the death of a three year old child from diarrhea because the parents could not afford to take the child to any clinic for help.

The GCI has help communities in need turn in their household waste into something that could improve their health.

The scheme provides insurance to members of the clinic in return for their garbage.  Every weekend, members bring their organic and non-organic waste to a collection point near the clinic to be directly processed and sold.

Afterward, collected garbage is processed into money considered as “health fund premium” for all members.

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One response to “Garbage clinical insurance wins sustainability entrepreneur prize

  1. Nripendra Kumar Sarma

    Dear All,
    Definitely, it is a tremendous approach, which has got recognition also.
    In this connection I would like to cite another example, as follows:

    To encourage segregation of household solid waste at source, an Environmental Management Group, named as ENVIRON from Assam (India), initiated an approach for Segregation of Plastic Wastes at source (means Households). This initiative targeted the housewives, who happens to be the major waste handler in a household. Therefore, door to door collection system was introduced for the household plastic wastes against Ginger and Garlic (two essential spices), with the theme as “get your kitchen spice in return of your plastic waste”. The idea of offering Ginger and Garlic was to attract the housewives.

    The source segregated household plastic wastes, collected through this process were utilized for preparation of different handicraft products like garland, chair/ sofa back, cover for table top container, table mat etc. This has also created some home based employment opportunity for women with low income.

    With the same initiatives, the ENVIRON has now started the ‘Clean Neighbourhood’ Programme to take care of Biodegradable Waste through Vermi-Composting and the Plastic Waste through Reuse option as mentioned above,

    Hoping for a Great Success in such efforts.
    Thanking all.
    Best Regards.
    Nripendra Kumar Sarma
    Nagaon, Assam, India

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