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Trading garbage for health care in Indonesia

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The poor can trade garbage for health care in Malang, Indonesia, 19 January 2015.
The poor can trade garbage for health care in Malang, Indonesia, 19 January 2015. AFP/Aman Rochman

Several clinics, dubbed “Garbage Clinics” offer medical care in exchange for treatment in Malang, a city in East Java, in Indonesia. A solution with two purposes since it not only helps the poorest the have access to medical treatments, otherwise too expensive in the country, but also tackles to major environmental issue over garbage thrown in the streets in Indonesia. The concept has been worldly acclaimed, and one of the founders, Gamal Albinsaid, received the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award from Prince Charles. He now wants to develop the concept in Jakarta, as well as several major cities across the archipelago.

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