Tuesday, 18 June 2019 | 14:06 WIB

Indonesian Diaspora Set to Conduct Breakthrough Program to Build Papua

Indonesian Diaspora in the US agreed to build Papua.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM  - The Indonesian Diaspora Network Global (IDNG) and Indonesian American Society of Academics (IASA), which consists of Indonesian Diaspora professors in the United States, agreed to implement a groundbreaking telemedicine and education program for Papua and West Papua starting January 2018.

The telemedicine breakthrough program will make two hospitals in Papua a center for telemedicine activities and connect to five district public health centers (Puskesmas) as working-models directed to 100 front-line Puskesmas.

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan said that the contribution from Diaspora abroad is very important for Indonesia's progress. Expertise and mastery of technology gained from developed countries can be utilized in the development of Indonesia.

According to Minister of National Development Planning Bambang Brodjonegoro, telemedicine will be conducted interactively by way of real time as well as store-forward system. This initial model can be scaled up to cover more areas, including outside Papua and West Papua. The first breakthrough educational program will target boarding high schools in Jayapura, Merauke, and Nabire to transform them into high-quality graduate power houses.

The program will begin with the recruitment of additional educators, curriculum design and teaching materials, training and mentoring, the design of instructional infrastructure. A total of 20 diaspora professors will be deployed alternately throughout 2018 to conduct mentoring and guidance using Diaspora self-funding of $350,000 or IDR4.7 billion per year.

"This is a pure donation from Diaspora from donors and sponsors. The activities of Diaspora professors are merely devotion and they will not be given salary or honorarium," said Bambang, in a press release on Wednesday (10/25/2017).