A continued effort to fight malaria-endemic surrounding operations area is maintained by PT Freeport Indonesia as a form of its commitment to community health care and social services provision. The mission is part of its social responsibility program to support the overarching Papua malaria eradication program in 2026.
The BeritaKita team was recently invited by PTFI’s Community Health Development team to see Malaria Control Center field service activity in Mimika.
The team carried out outreach activities in Timika’s several locations. The one that BeritaKita team attended was at the housing complex in SP2 Timika. The community was provided with spraying service, blood testing to check their malaria status, and a health campaign on COVID-19 health protocols.
Once arrived, the red-uniformed technicians immediately start spraying housing’s walls with insecticide. The healthcare workers then began to sample communities’ blood to get their malaria status.
The outreach team seemed really enjoy doing their work: they serve the residents with pride and joy, spreading some positive and happy atmosphere amongst them. As usual, their presence attracted children who always curious to get inline, and fearlessly had their blood sampled. It seemed the healthcare workers had established a bond with the community, which made the process a lot smoother.
One of the team members, Jodi Zonggonau was seen approaching communities’ houses directly, politely asking residents to participate in the blood sampling and vacate their home for insecticide spraying. He also diligently informs the community about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and remind them to comply with mitigation protocols such as exercising physical distancing, washing hands with soap frequently, and wear a face mask whenever in public.
“The situation is new for all of us, let alone these people. We need to diligently remind them of the importance of exercising these health protocols. We remind them to wear a mask when they leave the house and avoid meeting people, especially strangers. We also remind them to wash their hands when they’re back home,” Zonggonau said.
“The current outreach area covers Timika and its surroundings, e.g., SP9, SP12, and Mapurujaya. For Kuala Kencana areas, it is handled by the Public Health and Malaria Control,” said Yohanis Murib, Supervisor & Coordinator Lowlands Malaria Eradication Program.
“Especially for blood sampling, it is targeted to be conducted once a day. We could reach approximately six households per day or 30-50 people in total. The blood sampling aims to ensure the spraying’s effectiveness to the actual malaria prevalence,” Murib said.
Govert Waramori, Manager Community Health Development-Social Responsibility & Community Development said that the program was carried out according to Mimika Regency malaria case mapping by the government as part of a roadmap to eradicate malaria in 2026.
“PTFI is actively partnered with the local government and other private entities to embody this real action as part of company’s social responsibility,” he said.
As an additional information, Claus Wamafma, Director and Executive Vice President is now leading Social Responsibility and Community Development PTFI.
Alignment with PTFI SINCERE Values
During the 75th Indonesian Independence Day Celebration in Tembagapura recently, Tony Wenas, PTFI’s President Director, launched the SINCERE values—safety, integrity, commitment, excellence, and respect. He said that these values are an integral part of our operations. That means that the values also inseparable in company’s social programs conducted through the Community Health Development Department and Social Responsibility and Community Development Division. These community services materialized the company’s commitment to the well-being of the local community by providing malaria prevention and cure programs. The company will continue this program and socialize the company’s values to the internal organization and the local community.
Author: Gasper Muabuay
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