Indonesia: “Banua Mamase” Hospital

The Toraja Mamasa Church is helping to improve healthcare throughout an entire region through its training courses for personnel and investment in equipment for the “Banua Mamase” hospital.

The “Banua Mamase” hospital, run by the health foundation of the Toraja Mamasa Church (GTM), is one of the few hospitals in the Mamasa high valley in West Sulawesi. The institution, based in the district’s capital, is primarily a contact point for the urban population and people from the local area. However, the GTM’s outpatient health centres in the highland villages, which are often only accessible on foot, are also dependent on the cooperation with the hospital – for example, if patients must be treated in hospital due to the severity of their illness.

Although the “Banua Mamase” hospital is essential to healthcare for an entire region, it has so far only been possible to finance some of the expenses through the state health insurance. For this reason, it is heavily reliant on additional donations – such as those that go towards training courses for the hospital staff and pending investments in medical equipment.

The structuring of much-needed, specialised outpatient palliative care and the training of a palliative care team, in order to look after the increasing number of seriously ill patients, has only been possible thanks to numerous donations.


255 million inhabitants, of which 27 percent are poor or threatened by poverty

Training courses for hospital staff

Training courses are part and parcel of everyday life for hospital staff and benefit the wellbeing of their patients. Here, the “Banua Mamase” hospital cooperates with other clinics in Indonesia. As well as training courses for medical staff on everyday hospital tasks and, as of very recently, palliative care, team building measures and training for hospital administration staff are also offered. In the end, everyone benefits: from medical experts, nurses and administrative employees to the patients.

Improving hospital equipment

Sufficient medical equipment and adequate healthcare are by no means a matter of course in the Mamasa high valley. In recent years, the great commitment of the Toraja Masama Church has made it possible to consistently improve healthcare in this region. Some of the medical devices and equipment in the treatment rooms are now outdated. There is simply not enough money to repair or replace the equipment. With your support, the Toraja Mamasa Church hopes to safeguard the existence of the hospital, and with it ensure that patients from Mamasa and the surrounding area continue to be cared for. Parts of the building and the treatment rooms must be renovated, repairs undertaken and hospital beds replaced. Furthermore, the hospital will also receive better technical equipment.

Project goals

Through its work at the “Banua Mamase” hospital, the health foundation of the Toraja Mamasa Church (GTM) is improving healthcare for an entire region. The hospital is one of the few hospitals in the Mamasa high valley in West Sulawesi. The institution, based in the district’s capital, is primarily a contact point for the urban population and people from surrounding communities. Through training courses for staff and investments in hospital equipment, the Toraja Mamasa Church hopes to improve healthcare for the local people.


Project work

The “Banua Mamase” hospital invests in the training of hospital staff and medical equipment for the institution. In doing so, it cooperates with other hospitals in Indonesia and allows employees to improve their skills and knowledge through practical exchanges with colleagues. Parts of the building and the treatment rooms are to be renovated, repairs must be carried out, and furnishings replaced. Furthermore, the hospital is to receive technical equipment that meets the latest standards.

Project partner

The territory of the Toraja Mamasa Church (GTM) is in the high valley of Mamasa, where roughly 80 percent of the population is Christian. As the biggest religious community in the region, the GTM sees itself responsible for helping to shape social interaction. With this in mind, it is involved in youth work and adult education, among other things. The GTM also campaigns for the maintenance and improvement of the region’s infrastructure: it maintains various schools, an agricultural development centre, and a hospital.

We are pleased to hear that you are interested in this project. If you have any general questions, please use the contact form below. We are also happy to help you personally if you have any questions or require further information – by phone or by E-mail.


Djoko P. A. Wibowo

Liaison Secretary Indonesia

+49 711 636 78 -36

Angelika Jung

Head of Unit Fundraising

+49 711 636 78 -63

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The Toraja Mamasa Church is helping to improve healthcare throughout an entire region through its training courses for personnel and investment in equipment for the “Banua Mamase” hospital.