The Father of Integrated Health Services
The effects of colonization and political upheaval in the wake of Indonesia’s independence created a crisis in the health sector. Johannes Leimena, a doctor who graduated from STOVIA and a former youth movement activist, attempted to rectify this problem when he returned to national politics. His efforts led to the creation of an integrated public health care system available in both cities and villages.
CATHARINA Leimena’s tiny feet were constantly itchy. At that time, around 1943, Japan was still occupying the Indonesian archipelago. There was an outbreak of skin disease. Continuous scratching led to lesions. “It wasn’t just me. My relatives, laborers, everyone had boils,” said Catharina, on Monday, August 10.
Catharina, who turns 84 in September, still recalls how this outbreak of skin disease made her father, Joh...