The German Agency for Financial Cooperation (KfW) requested the consortium EPOS and VAMED to evaluate and complete a proposal for the rehabilitation of several hospitals in South Kalimantan. The layout of the main medical departments did not comply with functional and hygienic requirements and the outpatients facilities were completely inadequate and could hardly cater for the demand in the province. The project proposal was prepared by the Ministry of Health of Indonesia. The rehabilitation and capacity increase of the Provincial Hospital RSU Ulin Banjarmasin (the only B-class hospital in Kalimantan serving a population of 2.4 million) and the four smaller district hospitals were planned.
The objectives of these hospital projects were the improvement of the referral system and the provision of better access to health services for the population of the province. To achieve these objectives the rehabilitation and capacity increase of the provincial hospital RSU Ulin Banjarmasin and the modernisation of four smaller district hospitals were necessary. According to the Memorandum of the Ministry of Health, the experts elaborated detailed proposals concerning the following components: construction, equipment and furniture, installation and technical assistance; lists of equipment and estimates concerning investment; and recurrent and follow up costs.