Yayasan Rama Sesana

Vision: Creating a healthy generation of women Mission: To improve community reproductive health status in Bali, beginning with market communities, including prevention of wider spread of STDs and HIV/AIDS, prenatal care, family planning, early cancer detection and counselling. YRS is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in Bali in 1999. We provide quality health services, including clinical services on a donation basis and educational programming, with a particular focus on women's reproductive health at and for the traditional market community in Bali.
Feb 7, 2014

2014 Marks 10 Years for Yayasan Rama Sesana

YRS Distributes Helmets to Clients
YRS Distributes Helmets to Clients

The year 2014 marks 10 years since YRS began our program activities in Traditional Markets alongside the community to increase women's knowledge and awareness about Sexual and Reproductive Health. During that time, more than 10,000 women have accessed YRS services.

Entering the 11th year of working with the community, especially with women through our Centre of Sexual and Reproductive Health in traditional markets, YRS is committed to increasing the range and improving the quality of our services, not only limited to the existing services at Pasar Badung and Intaran in South Bali, but also our services in Singaraja, North Bali. We hope that the scope for the number of women accessing our services is widened in an effort to create a healthier generation through women's health in accordance with YRS’ vision and mission.

In following up from our previous update, we are happy to announce that this week marks the end of our HELM campaign where YRS promoted safety in the bedroom and safety on the roads by distributing 200 free helmets to clients who came in for a sexual and reproductive health check at our clinic in the Intaran Market, Sanur. During this time, the majority of services accessed by the Sanur community were for Pap smear examinations, breast examinations, and STI, RTI and HIV tests. This HELM campaign had a very positive impact for the community and increased their interest in visiting the YRS clinic for an examination, which can be seen from a rise in the number of visits than usual since November 2013.

As mentioned in our previous update, the HELM campaign coincided with World AIDS Day on 1st December, and YRS used this opportunity to build momentum in providing information and education about the issue to the market community. If we look at the cases of HIV based on the cumulative rate, Bali occupies the second position after Papua[1], where the number of reported HIV and AIDS cases in Bali reached 7,856 (May 2013), ranking fifth across the nation for the number of AIDS cases [2]. Now HIV cases in Bali indicate the possibility of HIV spreading to the general population, not just high-risk groups and it has been found that 1.2% of pregnant women in Bali were infected with HIV from their partner [3]. YRS will continue to help alleviate the issue of HIV in Bali through the provision of education services and encouraging the community to undertake HIV tests.

I feel a sense of pride and gratitude to the entire community, especially the women at the Traditional Markets, for their trust and acceptance of our activities that we have built together over the past 10 years to provide added value in life: for better health and a better life.

We’d like to thank everyone for their generous support and attention they have given to YRS, in the form of funds, time, ideas, venues and moral support, which has enabled YRS to come so far. I sincerely hope that what we have achieved can contribute to providing the best life possible for our clients.

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[1] Kementerian Kesehatan Republik Indonesia, 2011

[2] Dinas kesehatan Provinsi Bali, 2013

[3] Wirawan, 2011

YRS Distributes Helmets to Clients
YRS Distributes Helmets to Clients

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Nov 15, 2013

Helmets on the Road . . . and in the Bedroom

Safe on the road and safe in the bedroom
Safe on the road and safe in the bedroom

While developments for our new clinic in Singaraja bubble away, YRS have been focusing our energies back at the Sanur clinic, as we continue spreading the word of our new sexual and reproductive health services and education program to the local market community.

After a generous donation of 200 helmets (for both adults and children) from a donor who has chosen to remain anonymous, YRS recently launched a two-month campaign (HELM) to highlight the importance of being safe and healthy, by wearing a helmet on the road and a helmet (condom) in the bedroom.

Every day, people not wearing helmets die in traffic-related accidents in Bali. And every day, people also die from HIV and AIDS, transmitted through unprotected sexual contact with an HIV-infected person. Helmets and condoms have similar functions: they are both a means of protection and aim to prevent adverse impacts from unsafe public behaviour.

The HELM campaign will use World AIDS Day, commemorated annually on 1st December, as a platform to spread the message of HIV and AIDS, and remind the public about the dangers of risky behaviour. To increase public awareness of the importance of protecting our health and staying safe, YRS will promote and distribute the helmets and hundreds of condoms to communities around the Intaran Market in Sanur. Every Tuesday and Friday until the end of the year, clients who visit the YRS Sanur clinic for a sexual and reproductive health check-up will have the chance to win helmets in the daily giveaways, as a means to encourage the public to utilise our services and stay safe on the roads. We look forward to seeing an increase in the number of people accessing our services, as well as seeing members of the local community wearing their new helmets around town!

In other news, YRS Founder and Director Dr. Sari was invited to speak at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2013 in October, a major annual event that brings together hundreds of brilliant writers, performers, artists, musicians and visionaries in a world class literary event that encourages open-minded dialogue, transcending race, creed, gender and cultural divides. Dr. Sari was honoured to join other thought-provoking speakers on the “Life Blood” panel, to explore key issues facing women’s health globally today, and thoroughly enjoyed responding to the many questions from the audience.

We’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for supporting YRS through what has been an incredibly exciting year of change, expansion and personal growth. As we approach the end of the year, we hope that 2014 can be just as productive and inspiring as 2013.

YRS staff member, Widi, models the new helmet!
YRS staff member, Widi, models the new helmet!
Ubud Readers and Writers Festival 2013
Ubud Readers and Writers Festival 2013
Aug 13, 2013

"Wow...where to start?!"

Official Opening of YRS Health Clinic in Sanur
Official Opening of YRS Health Clinic in Sanur

This year really has been a gigantic year for Yayasan Rama Sesana (YRS). The year begun with getting our expansion project off the ground and planning for our first clinic outside of the Badung market in Denpasar. The hard work of YRS staff and volunteers, and the amazing support of Mark Keatinge (Tropical Building Systems, PT Bale Gede) and members of the local Banjar, meant that the new women’s health clinic in Sanur was opened for services in April, with an official opening several weeks later. Click here to see photos of the vibrant opening ceremony, which was held by the local community.

Since this time, YRS staff have made several trips to Singaraja in Buleleng (north Bali), which is the next location in our expansion project. After finally being able to meet with the local Banjar and market management after delays associated with the Bali Governor election, we are very excited to be planning next steps in opening a YRS women’s health clinic at the Seririt Market.

This market is the second largest market in Buleleng, and is a major centre for community activity. It is a very strategic location for YRS as there are a variety of shops nearby, including a supermarket, and many teenagers, women and taxi drivers congregate in this area.

In July, YRS staff conducted some initial activities in order to continue gauging levels of interest in sexual and reproductive health services amongst the community, as well as developing existing networks and building relationships with the market community. Click here to see photos of our visit to Seririt Market.

During this visit, YRS staff provided medical health services to 158 people at the market, including market traders, labourers, market management, security, parking attendants as well as members of the surrounding community such as housewives, private sector employees, taxi drivers and beggars. These services included Pap smear examinations, STI and HIV testing as well as general public health services.

In addition to this, 218 people were reached through our free educational sessions, and YRS outreach staff disseminated 784 educational brochures on topics such as cervical and breast cancers, and voluntary HIV testing, as well as the distribution of 159 free condoms. The majority of people who received these materials subsequently came in for a medical check-up with YRS, with many enquiring about YRS’ next visit to the market so they don’t miss their routine check-up.

YRS have recently been given permission by the Seririt Market Management to use the Management-owned market building in order to carry out our medical services and health education activities at the market in the future. This news is extremely welcomed by YRS and motivates us to continue working hard in the coming months to achieve our project goals and ultimately, contribute to creating a healthy generation of women in north Bali.

Stay tuned to hear how we go!

YRS staff ready for Seririt Market, Singaraja!
YRS staff ready for Seririt Market, Singaraja!
YRS staff explain a cervical cancer brochure
YRS staff explain a cervical cancer brochure
YRS educational discussion at Seririt Market
YRS educational discussion at Seririt Market
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