Marsya Karangan is the midwife in Likulambe village in the remote north of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. At age 33 she is also Likulambe’s Disaster Risk Reduction Forum Health Unit Coordinator, which is a big responsibility for a young woman. Being active in the Forum has given Marsya the opportunity to learn many new things – like knowing more about First Aid in disaster response, which adds to skills and knowledge she already had. “I’ve been a midwife for 12 years and I feel my role has evolved a lot. In the past I only had to know about reproductive health. Nowadays I facilitate community participation in health programs, and being a member of the Forum has helped me develop these skills since one of Forum member roles is to engage with community members and health post volunteers during a disaster response.” Village health post volunteers are among first responders in a disaster, and their active engagement is an indicator of increased resilience. Marsya’s village is certainly lucky to have such and experienced and committed ‘super volunteer’ to work with these others.
The Likulambe village DRR Forum was formed with support from CWS and local partner, INANTA, as a key components of Indonesia’s Disaster Resilient Village concept, which CWS is piloting Toraja Utara, with support from the Australian government.