One priority that is of the highest importance to Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. and Freeport Indonesia is improving community health of the community groups where we operate. Sickness and disease may be potentially disruptive to employees, their families, and the community network supporting the infrastructure of a community. Coordinating with the local government and other organizations, we have identified and prioritized needs concerning infrastructure and health treatment services that are not in place yet while, working together with implementing partners, making an effort to bridge these gaps. Company funding has helped improve medical treatment, access to medicines, health education, and prevention programs.
In the district of Mimika, Papua, Freeport Indonesia has been a forefront partner in developing both curative and preventive health services. The company has supported state health services for the entire population of Mimika through funding, infrastructure, and technical assistance. We have funded two hospitals by way of our social partnership with LPMAK, and are operating four community health centers as part of our public health and malaria control (PHMC) effort. Every year these health facilities provide medical services and consultations to 150,000-200,000 outpatients and more than 10,000 inpatients. Furthermore, we provide health programs for mother and child, X-ray and free laboratory services through partnerships with state community health centers in Timika, and clean water for specific communities.
RS Mitra Masyarakat
Mimika is one of the fastest growing districts in Indonesia. Three decades ago it was home to only a couple of thousand residents living in isolated villages located far and wide; today it is home to more than 150,000 people. Along with migrants flowing in from both inside and outside the province from all over the country trying to land jobs and find opportunities, the battle against diseases such as malaria, TB, and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, has grown in complexity. Freeport Indonesia is addressing these challenges by providing support to quality health treatment programs. We have also funded major international malaria studies in the local area.
In 2008, Freeport Indonesia’s Public Health and Malaria Control Department, working in cooperation with LPMAK, delivered a training course for LPMAK’s Bureau of Health and a local NGO on malaria control in Mimika’s more isolated spots. Through the transferring of skills and knowledge to local partners, Freeport Indonesia hopes to strenghten health program continuity in order to deliver benefits for years to come.