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Last week MCK volunteer Sarah introduced Asli to Cipto Hospital. Asli came to know of MCK through Scott’s amazing Running Bali to Jakarta campaign and wanted to see for herself how the donations that are being made to MCK are used.

We started our visit at the ever busy polyclinic – or outpatients department. The polyclinic sees over 70 children a day and is always overcrowded. It is heartbreaking to see the children suffering as they wait for their consultations, yet it is good to know that these children are receiving solid medical care. So many families in Indonesia avoid hospitals for reasons of fear or finance, and often they come too late.

One of the patients waiting for the results of blood tests was Nani, our 14 year old friend who had her leg removed earlier this year due to cancer. Nani is now waiting for her third round of chemotherapy and up until now things seemed to be going great, however her body is taking longer to recover from the previous chemotherapy. Nani is receiving blood tests every day until the results show that she is ready for her next round of treatment. Because of the daily visits, Nani is staying at the wonderful Rumah Kita II house nearby – a homestay for children and a family member who either cannot withstand the travelling to and from the hospital or who simply cannot afford it.


Nani was accompanied by her mum and was in good spirits today, despite her poorly condition. Keep strong Nani, and keep fighting.

After the polyclinic we paid a quick visit to the ER department to see some of Dr Endang and Dr Karyanti’s patients who do not yet have beds on the main wards. The ER was very busy and as such spent a few short minutes talking to the doctor on call. He seemed worried about a young child with dengue fever who had arrived that day.

On the neo-natal ward Dr Rina escorted Asli and Sarah to meet some of the babies that are being helped by MCK. Dr Rina explained the Jamkesdal system of insurance which is a fairly new initiative. The Indonesian government now pays for all women to have their babies at a hospital, if they so wish, and will cover the first 28 days of medical costs if needed. This has taken quite a strain off the neo-natal department and has meant that MCK spending is now being directed to babies with more long-term illnesses. We visited again with the last set of conjoined twins at the hospital, two boys joined at the waist down. The doctors were due to meet the next day to discuss whether or not separation is viable.

To all the children and babies, we wish you all much love and luck on your road to recovery.

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MCK volunteers Monica and Sarah visited the children, families and doctors at Cipto twice in the last two weeks.


The first was a regular visit when our volunteers were accompanied by one of our valued sponsors based in Jakarta. We spent a great deal of time with Dr Endang, visiting her Children’s Oncology outpatient’s unit and also the Emergency Room. The children’s outpatient unit sees up to 70 children a day for various medical reasons, and particularly for Dr Endang’s patients, to receive chemotherapy. We met a very shy young boy and his family, who is suffering from a tumour in his neck. His father told us the little boy is number 6 out of 7 children and through help from the government insurance scheme and MCK, his medical costs were being covered and he could continue to get treatment for his son. This timid little boy did not want his name to be known or his photo to be taken.

We were also privileged to spend time with Dr Rina, head of the Neo-natal ward, where we visited the babies. The doctors and nurses on the ward were very busy deep cleaning each ward to clear the rooms of an infection that took hold recently. We were able to view beautiful new-born conjoined twins. The doctors are hopeful for a separation as the babies are joined head-to-toe at the stomach. Amazingly the doctors were waiting on more conjoined twins to arrive on the ward.

The second visit was to meet with Nani, a 14 year old girl with a tumour growing in her leg. Nani was introduced to MCK via one of the international organisations in Jakarta. Nani lives with her elderly parents outside of Jakarta. Nani’s neighbour was desperately searching for help to get this poorly young girl to a hospital to receive treatment but together they could not afford to pay for the journey to Jakarta, let alone treatment for her. Happily MCK, along with the St Patricks Society Jakarta, are able to help Nani get the treatment she so desperately needs. Nani has spent the last week having many tests completed and we wait to hear what Nani’s course of treatment will be. Unfortunately we did not get to meet Nani at this time as she was resting at a homestay nearby. We’ll see you next time Nani, lots and lots of love and luck to you and all of the children and their families that we meet every time we visit the hospital.



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Farewell Inge!


Dear Inge,

With this, we want to say a big thank you from us all for your contribution to MCK over the past few years. You have done a fabulous job of keeping meticulous records of MCKs spending, and producing regular reports for our donors, while also managing to somehow keep your cool (and your sanity!) while trying to make sense of all of those hundreds of receipts that you received in envelopes of varying shapes and sizes every month.

But of course your work for MCK has involved much more than that. You have also helped us to liaise effectively with the wonderful doctors and nurses with whom we work at Cipto and Dharmais, and also spent time with and demonstrated your concern for many of the children whose treatment we have supported. In addition, you have helped us to maintain good links to our generous donors, and always been ready with a sympathetic shoulder to lean on whenever any of us needed it.

For all these reasons, and many more, it has been a real pleasure to have you as part of our small group, and your departure is going to leave a big gap. Although reluctant to see you go, we wish you, Paul, Mark, and Sophie all the very best for your new adventure in Geneva, and hope that you will continue to stay in touch, and hopefully also find a way to keep on helping MCK, even from a distance. After all, once an MCK volunteer, always an MCK volunteer!

With love and very best wishes from all the MCK volunteers, Inge and Haidi. We are going to miss you! 


MCK volunteers with Dr Edi and Dr Rina, Pita Kuning volunteers, together with sponsors: kay from Thailand Association, and Carin from Werkgroep 72

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Volunteers Inge P, Inge J and Sarah visited Cipto yesterday to find very busy wards once again.

On the Infectious ward we met Halimah, a 4 month old baby weighing only 3kg. Halimah, a Down Syndrome baby, is fighting a number of conditions including malnutrition.  We also saw Bilbina again who, we are delighted to report, will be going home tomorrow. She is still a little poorly and will need oxygen to help her recovery.

Wahyudin is eight years old. Wahyudin has suffered from kidney disease since he was three years old and has developed peritonitis as a result. He is bearing his condition well and happy to be photographed by MCK.


We are also pleased to say that Rizky and Alexander, who we met on our last visit, have both been discharged and are at home with their families.

On the Cancer ward we were able to spend a little more time with Nur Oktavia (sixteen years old) and Fauzi (fifteen years old), again two patients that we met with previously. Fauzi was sleeping well when we arrived so we talked with his grandfather. Fauzi has now received chemotherapy for his condition (mediastinal tumour) and is being monitored by the doctors. Nur Oktavia has also received her chemotherapy treatment now for a soft tissue cancer, and today will have her tracheotomy repaired. Good luck for today, Nur Oktavia.

Nur Oktavia

We met with Dini, a female and also fifteen years old with a tumour in the central nervous system. Because of its location she is paralysed as a result, however her prognosis is good once the tumour is removed. The hospital will plan her operation using money raised by MCK.

And lastly we were able to spend some time with Dr Endang (Cancer Ward) and Dr Rina (Neo-natal Ward). Like Dr Yoga (Infectious Ward), they all work so amazingly hard to ensure that the patients in their care get the best possible treatment that they can at the hospital. Without the doctors, MCK could not play a role in helping the children with their treatment costs.

Good luck children!

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We are so happy to hear that last month we managed to locate the family of baby Ahma who was abandoned by her mother. MCK’s volunteer Inge J and with the help of nurses from Cipto Neonatal managed to track down the family. Let’s hope baby Ahma gets all the love and attention for growing up.

It’s been a month since our last visit at Cipto and today we met an array of patients that MCK are supporting. In the Infectious ward, Sahrul is 2.5 years old weighing only 5kg. He is suffering from severe malnutrition, Tuberculosis, and HIV (the latter being contracted through his mother). This is his second hospitalization and this time he’s been receiving treatment for two weeks now. Doctors are keeping a watchful eye on him.


Pictured below is Jelsia who is nearly six years old with Congenital Heart Disease. Unfortunately she also has an infection in her brain resulting in her left arm and left leg partially immobile. She will be undergoing surgery this Friday to remove the infection in her brain. We send her warm wishes to stay strong.

Jelsia sound asleep

Subiatto is fifteen years old and we were sad to hear that he has been sick for five years now. He’s been hospitalized for four weeks suffering lung infection. Doctors have already operated on him to drain a lot of fluid out from his right lung. Currently on antibiotics, his condition is being monitored through lab checks to find out the cause of the lung infection.


Two year old Sinta has Ascariasis (also known as worms) in her stomach. She was admitted two days ago in ER in which doctors found signs of worms in her vomit and faeces. She did not want to be disturbed but we were happy to hear that she may be able to return home to Cengkareng tomorrow.


Over at the cancer ward, we met gorgeous looking eight year old Prichilla from Bogor. She is diagnosed with acute Leukemia and has been receiving chemo treatment for three weeks now.

gorgeous looking Prichilla

Next we met four year old Fajri suffering from acute AML. She was diagnosed one month ago and is now receiving the necessary treatment to get well. We adored her big smile when she allowed us to take a photo of her.

smiles from Fajri

Another girl we met with an adorable smile was eleven year old Dewi. She has Neuroblastoma (tumor found in her abdomen) and her eye problem came as secondary. Unfortunately her cancer is already in stage four. She was not shy to talk to us and proudly showed off her bracelet. We hope her well in her treatments.

Big smiles from Dewi

Ten year old Wawan is undergoing chemo treatment for Leukemia. Doctors class him as a high risk patient because of his poor response to the treatment. His mother told us he is the youngest in the family.


Another patient who we met in stage four of the cancer was eleven year old Yongki. He has cancer in the ear, nose and throat and the tumor has been spreading. Doctors cannot operate on him yet until the spread is controlled. He is undergoing chemo treatment which is helping.


Lastly we met five year old Mutia from Bekasi with an unusual case of tumor in her liver (which normally occurs in adults). She has already been operated to remove the tumor and will continue with chemo treatment.


At the Neonatal ward, we were very honored to have Dr. Rina showing us around. There was a special case of conjoined twins which had to be isolated in a special area. Both girls are joined on the hip bone. One baby is fit and well whilst the other is not doing so good. The twins can be separated as they don’t share the same organs but doctors are worried that the weaker baby may not survive so they have decided not to operate on them until the other gets well.

Conjoined Twins

Lastly we met the most tiniest baby so far. Born just seven hours ago, 26 weeks premature and weighing only 700gsm. Baby Fitriani is suffering from problems in her lung and nurses had to help her with breathing apparatus.

Baby Fitriani

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This morning’s visit to Cipto Hospital was very good and informative. Melanie from the British Women’s Association kindly joined us for the visit. We managed to catch up with two of the doctors on duty who are forever busy. We are so grateful that they can even spare 5-10 minutes of their time with us.

At the infectious ward, Dr Yoga updated us on two patients that MCK have been supporting. Rifdatul is nine years old and from Kota Bekasi. She is receiving treatment for Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and bone disease. Currently doing very well after 3 months of treatment but is suffering severe malnutrition. Her bowel disease is more controlled now, her weight has slowly increased and there has been no signs of other infections. Weighing only 11.545kg, she remains in hospital to be monitored.

Rifdatul with mother by her side

The other patient is Andreas from Tangerang who is suffering from HIV, malnutrition and Tuberculosis (TBC). Adopted at an early age, his mother tells us he’s now four years old. He has been receiving treatment for 7 weeks now, unfortunately we learnt that he was not doing well and had not gained much weight because the infection was not controlled yet. Let’s wish him all the best to get well soon.

Andreas with his very supportive mother

Over at the Neonatal ward, Dr Rina was ever so kind to show us around. We caught them on a very busy day with a surge of babies being treated. We even saw two babies unattended in a make shift room temporarily because all the other rooms were full. Dr Rina mentioned she was very grateful to all of our donors and that the money was spent on all the babies in the ward and not just to individual special case babies.

Baby Parin Alyanti pictured here has been in care since February this year. Currently is open for adoption and ready to be placed in an orphanage but is suspected of HIV. Baby Parin cannot be placed into an orphanage until a HIV test is performed when the baby reaches 6 months of age. This will then determine what special care is needed when the baby is released from hospital. We send warm hugs to stay healthy!

Baby Parin

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