There is a clear and dramatic link to health and sanitation in Indonesia and if you have not heard, Dr. Gamal Albinsaid, a young award-winning Indonesian doctor, created a micro-insurance program to help the poorest people in Indonesia gain access to health care and education through sanitation.
He started the program called Garbage Clinical Insurance (GCI) within Indonesia Medika, a social enterprise he runs after learning that three children had died of diarrhea because of their parents' inability to pay for a doctor.
How it works
Members of the clinic get medical insurance in exchange for collecting and recycling trash. Every day, they bring their trash to a collection point near the clinic where workers process it into compost or commodities (such as bales of paper, bottles and cans) and sold. The funds from the processed trash, which have reached about 10.000 IDR per month, are pooled and used to cover patient's treatments, health care quality improvement programs, preventive care, and free treatment such as in-clinic counseling.
In 2011, Mexico City's landfill reached full capacity and closed down. The city was not ready for the overflow of trash and putrescible material that was left on the city streets. Two years later the Environment Secretariat (SEDEMA) collects glass and PET plastic bottles, cardboard, paper, aseptic containers, and discarded electronics every second Sunday at the Barter Market.
How it works
Recyclables are sorted and weighed by SEDEMA staff members on 10 tables. A receipt is printed with equal "green points," which can be traded for food vouchers. The vouchers can be used at several stands within the market, with locally grown products that include fruits, vegetables, medicinal and ornamental plants. The recyclables are collected into trucks run by recycling companies, and pay SEDEMA. SEDEMA pays the farmers at the market for the vouchers they’ve collected.