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Jakarta Post

Trisha Henderson: A beam of light the deaf

  • Duncan Graham


Surabaya   /   Tue, December 6 2011   /  09:00 am

JP/Duncan GrahamIndonesia could do with a Bill Gates.

Not to sell computer software, but to expand the international immunization programs his philanthropic foundation funds to include rubella.   

Though eliminated in some countries, in Indonesia rubella (also known as German measles) is a highly contagious disease that can cause serious damage to children if mothers are infected during pregnancy.

“I’m told that 90 percent of the deafness encountered at Surabaya’s Karya Mulia Deaf School is preventable through immunization,” said Australian Trisha Henderson. “But the cost – US$50 [Rp 450,000] per dose is beyond the reach of poor families.”

So Henderson and her colleagues from the Patricia O’Sullivan Humanitarian Project face the unhappy reality of being the first aid team after the fight, rather than the peacemakers before the punc...