Ronaldus Asto Dadut (the first from the left) at the awards ceremony in Jakarta, 18 October. (Source: Asto Documentation)
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UNAIR NEWS – A student of Administration and Health Policy Master’s Program, Faculty of Public Health (FKM) of Universitas Airlangga  (UNAIR) got an award from PT Astra International Tbk. Ronaldus Asto Dadut was awarded One Indonesia Awards in 2017, on October 18, at Astra headquarters, Jakarta.

Asto received health award for his achievement as the pioneer who develops a community in Sumba. The community is called the Volunteer Network for Humanity Sumba or Kamunitas J-RUK Sumba.

PT Astra International Tbk awarded seven people. Each represented their field of education, environment, entrepreneurship, health, technology, and one group.

“I actually do not know the reason to be elected in health as our activities in J-RUK Sumba Community is not only the health sector, “said Asto.

The seven winners were selected from 3,432 participants from various regions in Indonesia. Prior to the award ceremony, Asto with 12 other finalists were invited to Jakarta for a presentation related to his activities in the J-ruk Sumba Community and his vision and missions for the community.

Establishing community

Asto, a man born in Waitabula, Southwest Sumba, March 20, 1992, initiated the J-RUK Community of Sumba in 2014. In its journey, the community carried out many activities.

These activities included the preventive education on the dangers of human trafficking and victim assistance, preventive education on Clean and Healthy Behavior (PHBS), helping children to get health services, literacy movements, and other social activities.

“I started this community with my friends because that year the problem of human trafficking in NTT was quite high, especially on the island of Sumba. So, we tried to give education on the dangers of human trafficking, “said Asto.

Furthermore, Asto established the community because he wanted to have a place for young people to be part of a better change.

The selection this awards winners involved panelists from PT Astra International Tbk and Tempo Media Group also, five renowned panelists. They are the Minister of Health of Indonesia Prof. Nila Moeloek, Lecturer of Environmental Science Postgraduate University of Indonesia Prof. Dr. Emil Salim, Postgraduate Professor of Jakarta State University Prof Fasli Jalal, Founder of Business and People Economics Institute, Tri Mumpuni, Information Technology Expert Onno W. Purbo, Commissioner of PT Tempo Inti Media Tbk Bambang Harymurti, Head of Public Division of PT Astra International Tbk Yulian Warman, and Riza Deliansyah from PT Astra International Tbk. (*)

Author: Binti Q. Masruroh

Editor: Rio F. Rachman

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