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About Project

CORE-STEP is a collaborative project between Syiah Kuala University (Indonesia) and Griffith University (Australia), with partnering organisations including the Health Crisis Centre, Ministry of Health Indonesia; ICLEI Indonesia Local Governments for Sustainability, Cerdas Antisipasi Risiko Bencana / Smart Disaster Risk Prevention (CARI); Universitas Mataram, Universitas Pattimura, Universitas Syiah Kuala, International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services.

The project’s primary goal is to strengthen primary health care centres – known as Puskesmas in Indonesia, by delivering climate-just services that address the adverse effects of climate change.

Data collection will be conducted at selected sites in Indonesia (Banda Aceh, Ambon and Mataram) and the project includes an exchange visit and knowledge sharing, focusing on selected Primary Health Networks in Queensland, Australia.

The founding principles and fundamental values of CORE-STEP guides the creation of inclusive, climate-ready and innovative primary health care solutions that uphold best practices and satisfy local needs. The project contributes towards the development of primary health care that is climate resilient and focused on gender and social equality. The principles behind the approach of CORE-STEP are as follows:

Local communities are involved in the development and implementation of knowledge-based solutions for primary health care.

Clear goals and objectives are defined, progress is tracked, and data is used to continually improve the program.

Infrastructure is strengthened to be more climate resilient, health care staff are trained and emergency plans prepared.

Health equity is promoted by recognising and addressing the social determinants of health, raising health literacy, and enhancing access to care for all members of society.

By adhering to proven research and practice, with rigorous evaluations as well as using data for decision-making, this project aims to provide science-based innovative solutions.

Data analytics and technology are used to promote digital health solutions.

Health literacy is promoted, resources and decision-support tools provided to encourage communities to be actively  involved in this community-based project focused on their health and well-being, allowing empowerment of their health.

Cross-sector partnerships are formed with authorities, healthcare professionals, researchers, and community-based groups.

By considering these crucial components, the project will improve the capacity of health systems to withstand the adverse impacts of climate change and enhance health outcomes for vulnerable populations.