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!
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