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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

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Medical science / Brains behind the operation: meet one of Indonesia’s foremost neurosurgeons

By: Cristyn Lloyd - Photography by: Elisabetta Zavoli - Posted on: March 13, 2018 | Featured

“The brain is such a delicate organ…once damaged [it] can never go back…” A renowned neurosurgeon from Indonesia describes the ins and outs of working in the most challenging surgical field

Eka Julianta Wahjoepramono performed brainstem surgery for the first time in 2001 Photo: Elisabetta Zavoli

Eka Julianta Wahjoepramono is the first Southeast Asian neurosurgeon to successfully perform surgery on the brainstem, the central region of the brain, which is crucial for survival. The Indonesian doctor at Jakarta’s Siloam Hospitals Lippo Village discusses the pressures of his job and relives the incredibly rare, high-stakes surgery


When did you realise you wanted to become a neurosurgeon?
After I finished medical school – I don’t know why – I wanted to enter the most challenging part of surgery, which is neurosurgery. At that time, we had only a few neurosurgeons in Indonesia… I wanted to explore more about brain surgery and what we could do for patients in Indonesia.

What is your day-to-day job like?
I have two jobs. One is as a neurosurgeon… And my other job is [being] a dean of the medical school… I want to participate in educating medical students to be the best – better than me in the future.

I work in my clinic from 7am. At 5pm we have to start surgery, and I finish normally around midnight. Every day is about three or four cases… I have 21 neurosurgeons working exclusively in our team, meaning we are working in a system. This is quite unique… Many times, we, as senior neurosurgeons, have to fly and help our junior residents in rural areas.

Tell us about performing brainstem surgery for the first time…
In 2001, a young guy came to me with his brother, [who was] paralysed… He was almost dead. When we did an MRI, I could see that there was a ruptured tumour in the brainstem… I had to tell the family honestly that I had no experience, but the patient was in a critical condition and we had to do something, because I did not know where to refer him to, and it was also a poor patient of mine… Fortunately, after total removal of the tumour, the patient became well and until now still lives in an almost normal condition.

It was the most horrible [time] in my life, probably. I had never even seen the brainstem in a live patient before. The brainstem is known as a ‘no man’s land’… Any damage will cause something serious… [So] it was one of the happiest times for me to see the patient wake up after surgery.

What is the state of neurosurgery in Indonesia?
Before, many patients had to go abroad if they were seeking difficult neurosurgery services, but now I feel that many patients in the rural parts of Indonesia or even from regional countries come to see us here. They trust us… We cannot catch up with every new tool in developed countries [as they] are very expensive, but [with] our commitment, we [can resolve] every neurosurgical case in Indonesia with equal quality to a developed country.

What advice would you give to aspiring neurosurgeons?
The brain is such a delicate organ… once damaged [it] can never go back, so we need to have the skills and a really good strategy before doing surgery on the brain of a human being. My message to the young generation: this is the most challenging surgical field [but], if they are interested, this is a very good field to enter.

This article was published in the March edition of Southeast Asia Globe magazine. For full access, subscribe here.

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