AMDA Soul and Medicine Programme (ASMP) in Indonesia
AMDA Indonesia carried out AMDA Soul and Medicine Program (ASMP) on May 16th in Batu Lapisi-Maliano, Indonesia. The event, comprised of a multi-faith prayer ceremony, medical surgeries and health education, also became a successful joint program for the relationship of AMDA and Asian Medical Student Association (AMSA) as AMSA Indonesia coorganized its medical initiatives.
The event was attended by more than 250 participants including the head of local educational department, the village chief, the district head of Batu Lapisi-Malino, the head of neighborhood association, members of AMSA Indonesia and a local Muslim religious leader from Malino village.
The event began with a welcome speech from the district head of Batu Lapisi-Malino followed by Dr. A. Husni Tanra, the President of AMDA Indonesia. In his speech Dr. Tanra introduced AMDA and its activities to the participants and stressed the need for such functions in multi-religious countries like Indonesia and how it can help to establish peace in a society with religious conflicts.
Following the opening remarks the participants were entertained with traditional dance and music by local children. The prayer ceremony started with a prayer by the Muslim religious leader and followed by the Buddhist monks from Japan.
For the medical component of the event, AMSA doctors, under the initiative of Dr. Tanra, held health and hygiene education for the local villagers and conducted circumcision on some 90 children in the area.