Dr. Arini Aims to Serve Humanity with ACT

In commemoration of the National Doctors' Day that falls on October 24, ACTNews introduces one of ACT (Aksi Cepat Tanggap)’s humanitarian doctors who has taken part in humanitarian programs in several areas in Indonesia and the world, Dr. Arini Retno Palupi, who now heads ACT’s medical team.

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Dr. Arini Retno Palupi examines a baby in a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, December 2017. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Dr. Arini Retno Palupi has been involved in the field of humanitarianism with Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) since 2014. Initially, Arini participated in the selection for the Emergency Training Service in Izmir, Turkey, a collaborative health training between ACT and the Turkish Ministry of Health.

Choosing to work with a humanitarian institution has been her dream since she was a student.

“From the start, I already had the intention to join ACT. I still remember the words of the President of ACT at that time, Mr. Ahyudin. He asked me, 'What do you aspire to be? If you just want to be a doctor, that's just ordinary, but what's extraordinary is when you aim to be beneficial.' Those words really woke me up and helped me find the meaning of life,” said Arini to ACTNews, Friday (10/22/2021).

Dr. Arini Retno Palupi in an elementary school in Asmat Regency, Papua, in 2018. (ACTNews)

She still vividly remembers when she volunteered as a doctor at the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, in December 2017. The health condition of the refugees who were just arrived after fleeing a military crackdown in their homeland was saddening.

"I was on duty in Bangladesh for two weeks. At that time, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) doctors provided various health services, from counseling, psychosocial support, and a free clinic," she said.

A year later, she was assigned to Papua in response to the malnutrition and measles crisis that claimed the lives of local children.

“At that time, I remember that the measles and malnutrition outbreak was declared an extraordinary event. ACT medical team was deployed there along with the program team. We then launched the Humanitarian Ship for Papua. To me, it really opened my eyes to the suffering faced by our fellow Indonesians who live in Papua which is known for its rich natural resources,” added Dr. Arini.

As of now, Dr. Arini has been working with ACT for seven years. She has participated in various programs. Currently, she is assigned to be the head of ACT’s Humanity Medical Services.

"Insha Allah, the Humanity Medical Services as part of ACT will continue to provide the best health services for the people of Indonesia and around the world. We believe that health problems will be resolved if all parties are actively working together," he concluded.

ACT's Humanity Medical Services continues to strive through various programs, including the Humanity Medical Care Line that the public can access for free. This telemedicine service provides free medical assistance including health consultations, provision of medicines, oxygen cylinders, home care, to ambulance and hearse services. []