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
May 22, 2013

The Community Says YES!

YRS staff in front of the new Sanur clinic
YRS staff in front of the new Sanur clinic

We have just come out of a super busy few months and what a year it has been so far!

As we mentioned in our previous report, Yayasan Rama Sesana (YRS) kicked off 2013 with fine-tuning budgets and preparing for our first expansion to the Intaran Traditional Market in Sanur. As you see by the photos below, our clinic has finally been built and both the YRS staff and the local community are looking forward to holding our official opening to the public in June 2013!

While we are writing this report, myself and our Program Management Team are also preparing to meet with the local community leaders in Singaraja, Buleleng - the next location in which YRS will be expanding our services in 2014. We will be discussing the key sexual and reproductive health issues that women and men are experiencing in the region, existing services and how YRS can best network and be responsive to these issues through our clinical services and education program. We will also be preparing for the next meeting which will take place in the near future and will involve community leaders and members, representatives from other local health organisations and other key stakeholders.

During the last few months, we have also been lucky to acquire additional funding from local community groups, a small grant through AusAID (Australia's Development Program) and the Inspirasia Foundation. We also held our 5th Annual Fundraiser where we raised almost $7,000 with the support of local community members and businesses. Visit our website to read more about the event and see photos.

These additional funds mean that the target in this GlobalGiving project can now be lowered to $13,900 which will go continue to go towards YRS' Expansion Project, including staff costs, health brochures, training sessions, building costs for the Singaraja clinic and medical supplies.

We are so grateful for the support that we have seen, not only from you and Global Giving, but to the wider community. Once again, we thank you for being a part of this project and we welcome your ideas on how we can work together to attract wider support from our global community. If you haven't done so already, sign up to our Facebook and Twitter pages and keep up-to-date with the work of YRS.

We look forward to sharing our updates with you in the next report!

Examination room at the new Sanur clinic
Examination room at the new Sanur clinic
YRS staff at the 5th Annual Fundraiser
YRS staff at the 5th Annual Fundraiser
YRS Outreach Worker speaks with a market vendor
YRS Outreach Worker speaks with a market vendor

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Feb 21, 2013

YRS Project Gets Off the Ground!

A vendor and YRS client at the traditional market
A vendor and YRS client at the traditional market

We are very excited to start 2013 with a bang and see our expansion project finally get started! As like many organizations in January, Yayasan Rama Sesana (YRS) have been busy fine-tuning budgets and planning next steps with our project partners so we can get the ball rolling on our project activities. It has been incredibly energizing to have so many community leaders on board and playing such an active role in the process of expanding our services. This is a really encouraging sign and affirms how vital their participation and support will be in terms of the sustainability and effectiveness of our clinical and education services in the new locations.

The first location where YRS will focus our expansion is at the Intaran Traditional Market in Sanur, situated on the southeast coast of Bali. The area is renowned for being one of the quieter and more relaxed tourist destinations on the island however there is a very lively Balinese community behind this façade, including a high percentage that visit Sanur’s traditional markets on a daily basis. Until the space we have been allocated at the Intaran Traditional Market becomes available, we have been designated some space nearby for a temporary clinic where we can continue developing our networks with local services, start providing health services and distribute much-needed information on sexual and reproductive health to the community. Renovations begun at this site in late-January with the support from local community leaders and the Director of Tropical Building Systems construction company, who are contributing much time and energy to get the clinic up and running.

After incorporating your invaluable Global Giving contributions into our budget, YRS are now able to begin the recruitment process and are currently advertising and interviewing for two doctors, five outreach workers, one nurse, one lab technician and one finance officer. These new staff members will be spread across the current Badung Traditional Market (Central Denpasar) and the new clinic at the Intaran Traditional Market (Sanur). One of these newly recruited doctors will be delegated to designing and conducting thorough baseline research with outreach workers at the next potential clinic location in Singaraja within the regency of Buleleng (north Bali) to ensure YRS best responds to the community’s health needs. 

Although YRS salaries are competitive with the public sector and other foundations operating in the field of health, it can be challenging to find quality staff who have the level of skills we require, including the ability to speak both the Indonesian and the Balinese language (which are entirely different), and who demonstrate genuine commitment to working in the social sector. Nevertheless, over the coming months we will continue to capitalize on our connections with Balinese universities and our networks in the field and are hopeful that this will help to bring about the highly skilled candidates with whom we seek.

We look forward to keeping you posted in our next report! In the meantime, we thank you once again for your support and hope you continue to walk with us on our journey.

A YRS nurse shares information with a vendor
A YRS nurse shares information with a vendor
A volunteer YRS Peer Educator at her stall
A volunteer YRS Peer Educator at her stall

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