Thousands of Balinese women living in rural areas of the island have extremely limited access to reproductive and sexual health services. In order to increase their access and to improve their lives and communities, almost every weekend YRS travels to these areas to conduct Mobile Clinics, where they deliver Pap tests, HIV/AIDS and STI tests, breast examinations, counselling, treatment, education materials, as well as general health check-ups.
All YRS staff contribute to the Mobile Clinic services, which are for the entire community, not only for women (though women of reproductive age are the demographic accessing the services the most). The day before a Mobile Clinic, YRS staff prepare the equipment, supplies, medicines, forms, brochures and information materials. Mobile Clinics are usually conducted in a community centre. The local community leader and their staff prepare the space as an ad hoc clinic. About one week before, they will inform the community of the Mobile Clinic, and help to promote it.
Mobile Clinics start at around 7am. YRS staff are responsible for client registration, conducting general check-ups and examinations, screening for reproductive health problems, and providing education materials. Usually around 120 clients attend each Mobile Clinic.
Mobile Clinics have been conducted in Desa Banjar Sekar Singaraja and Desa Kaliasem Singaraja in North Bali, Gubug Tabanan in West Bali, Susut Bangli in Central Bali, and Desa Intaran Sanur, Kedonganan and Renon in South Bali. The first Mobile Clinic was conducted in August 2013 in Denpasar. Until December 2014, YRS rented cars to conduct the clinic services, but in January 2015, with the support of the Australian Consulate General, YRS purchased its own car. This made delivering reproductive and sexual health services to rural Balinese women much easier.
Through its Mobile Clinic services, YRS is able to reach thousands of more Balinese women, and improve their health, their lives, and their communities. This is the number one goal of YRS, and the Mobile Clinics help to achieve this.
All staff at YRS would like to give a very warm and appreciate TERIMA KASIH to all our wonderful donors and supporters. You are helping to create a healthy generation of women!
Kartini Day, which is held annually in Indonesia on April 21, honours Indonesian heroine Raden Ajeng Kartini who fought for equality between men and women. YRS commemorated Kartini Day by promoting its services and fundraising, educating the community through Peer Educators (PEs) activities, and in order to provide increased access to sexual and reproductive health services, it also conducted a mobile clinic.
Promotion and fundraising was conducted at Sunday Markets in two different locations, Café Batu Jimbar and Mercure Resort in Sanur, from 8am to 2pm. At these markets ceramics donated by ceramic company Jenggala were sold to raise funds for YRS, which will go towards education and medical services.
Also in commemoration of Kartini Day, PEs disseminated information to the market community about negotiation in choosing contraception methods with their partner/husband. Six Peer Educators participated and disseminated 77 educational materials (leaflets).
Still in the spirit of Kartini Day, in collaboration with Udayana University students and the local finance organization (koperasi), YRS provided its mobile clinic services to women in Intaran Sanur on April 26, from 7.30am to 10.30am. 81 clients received sexual and reproductive health medical services and 58 received educational services.
March became a special month for YRS because commemorate an International Women’s Day (IWD) supported through promotion activities in BTDC Nusa Dua, Peer Educators (PEs) and mobile clinic activity.
Promotion in Nusa Dua was organized in order to commemorate International Women's day and the opening of beach club and restaurant of Nikki Beach Bali. Taking the theme of "All about the Ladies Amazing Sunday Brunch" to support YRS educate and empower women especially for women's reproductive health with a percentage of the proceeds going to Yayasan Rama Sesana.
From within the market, all YRS Peer Educators doing education session together through outreach activity with the theme “Make it Happen” aims to encourage effective action to promote and recognize the equality between men and women, because through women the healthy generation was born. 6 PEs joined the activity by distributing 100 educational materials around Badung traditional market.
YRS commitment to reach more people especially women realized in YRS mobil clinic on Saturday, March 14th 2015 in remote area in Susut Bangli started from 10am – 2pm, collaboration with local community and student from Udayana University who doing social community work in that area. Through that activity 74 people received educational services, and 65 people received medical services. Community enthusiasm of the YRS services was very high; they came to receive sexual-reproductive health services which are an infrequent event that they received from health provider in their area.
From the routine activities in YRS Pasar Badung, Intaran Sanur and YRS mobile clinic about 724 received education through IEC materials (brochures, booklets, leaflets) and 493 people received medical services with 649 client visits.
YRS MOBILE CLINIC
on January 24th 2015, YRS provide mobile clinic activities to Singaraja in Pasar Banjar, Banjar Sekar, Singaraja. This activity is the first YRS services using own cars, previously YRS use rented car and private car. The cars which is supported by Australian Government and result of fundraising in Australian Consulate residence is very helpful for YRS in provide services to the remote areas in Bali.
From this activity, 171 client visited YRS mobile clinic and received sexual-reproductive health services, most of them are women who come from market community and around the market. 40 women received Pap smear examination and early detection for reproductive tract infections, 11 people received VCT test (HIV testing) and more than a hundred people received any kind of general health services and counseling.
This services was accomplished by all YRS staff outside of regular schedule on the weekend (Saturday), so it will not interrupt services in existing clinic
All the communities have a positive response to this activity, because it was an infrequent event that they received from other health service provider in their area. It also seen through support from local community leaders to support YRS activity from beginning to the end of the activity
We are optimist that YRS mobile services will reach more people especially women for sexual and reproductive health services, particularly in rural and remote areas.
Thank You for all the donors and supporters.
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 the last 10 years, more than 18,000 clients have accessed YRS services (80% are women).
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 services at Pasar Badung, Intaran, and Seririt in South and North Bali, but also in every places in 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 YRS annual fundraiser aims to buy car to provide educational and clinical through mobile services in traditional market in remote area in Bali. A concept of fundraising was High Tea Party at Australian Consulate Residence in Bali. More than 50 people from various bussinesses gave support to YRS in that event and more than 300 millions rupiah raised.
On behalf all communities and beneficiaries, YRS say a huge “Thank You” to all generous donators and supporters.
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