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Jun 9, 2016

Our Progress After the Fire

Dr Sari check the heartbeat of client
Dr Sari check the heartbeat of client

It’s been three months since the fire at Pasar Badung, where YRS is located. Pasar Badung has been completely closed. All the market activities were moved to a temporary location while waiting for the renovation or rebuilding. All the vendors at Pasar Badung were relocated to ex-Tiara Grosir. YRS built a temporary base clinic at second floor ex-Tiara Grosir. This temporary clinic will open for general health services. Our Sanur Clinic is now open from Monday to Friday from 9am until 2pm, we are increasing our involvement with the local community there.

We are now focusing more on mobile clinic program and outreach activities.

Mobile Clinic Program

To increase our mobile clinic program, on May we conducted three mobile clinics in Denpasar and Singaraja. The first mobile clinic in May was conducted at Pasar Sindu in Sanur on 13 May with 143 clients. On 20 May we also conducted a mobile clinic at Pasar Ketapian with 108 clients received medical services and education. At the end of May, we conducted a mobile clinic in Kaliasem Village to deliver services where YRS staff received 190 clients. The mobile clinic was very successful because the community felt very enthusiastic and comfortable.

Outreach Activities

Education program was delivered to 946 people at Tiara Grosir, Sanur and several other market around Denpasar on May. We are proud of this result because we can deliver information as many people as possible.

Portable Ultrasound Machine Services

We have purchased a portable Ultrasound Machine (USM) to increase our accuracy in detecting breast cancer and check for pregnancy. On April YRS staff participated in a technical training session for our Ultrasound Machine. Our staff will receive operational and basic diagnostic training on Saturday 25 June. This training will be trained by two doctors who are kindly flying from Singapore to Bali to donate their time and expertise.

Mobile Clinic in Kaliasem
Mobile Clinic in Kaliasem
Outreach activities at Tiara Grosir
Outreach activities at Tiara Grosir
Apr 6, 2016

Fire at Pasar Badung - The show must go on!

YRS Clinic entrance burned by the fire
YRS Clinic entrance burned by the fire

On Monday 29 February, Pasar Badung, Bali's biggest and oldest traditional market, was devastated by a massive fire which burned for almost 24 hours. Thankfully, no lives were lost. Pasar Badung, with its 1,683 stalls, is not only the most important commercial hub for thousands of low-income Balinese families, it is also a cultural icon of Denpasar. It is estimated about 5,000 people have been affected by the horrific fire.

Evacuation and relocation, and new focus

Since 2004, Yayasan Rama Sesana operated its sexual and reproductive health and education centre on the top floor of Pasar Badung. While our clinic and office weren't completely destroyed like the first three floors of the market, the severe heat of the fire melted our medical and office equipment. Pasar Badung is now completely closed. We have evacuated everything from our clinic and relocated to our secretariat in south Denpasar, which is where we are now conducting all our administrative activities. Thankfully, we also have a small clinic near Pasar Intaran in Sanur, which before the fire was only open on Tuesdays and Fridays. Now its doors are open Monday to Friday, from 9am until 3pm.

Yayasan Rama Sesana is determined to continue its sexual and reproductive health and education programs at other traditional markets around Bali. We are now focussing more on mobile clinics and outreach activities as we search for a temporary home for our base clinic.

Education Program remains strong

Our monthly target for sexual and reproductive health education is delivering information to 883 people. During the month after the fire, education was delivered to 704 people at new traditional market locations around Denpasar and Sanur. This is about 80% of our target. Considering the severity of the Pasar Badung fire, and its huge effect on our clinic and programs, we are extremely proud of this result. It is evidence of our determination to deliver information to as many people as possible, and proof that we are maintaining our enthusiasm and keeping our spirit high.

Mobile Clinic Program remains strong

As our Sanur Clinic is now open from Monday to Friday, we are increasing our involvement with the local community there. On 18 March we conducted a Mobile Clinic at Pasar Intaran in Sanur, which was very enthusiastically received, with 99 clients receiving medical services.

On Monday 4 April we travelled six hours to Sumberkima in Buleleng, North Bali, to conduct a Mobile Clinic at the Balai Banjar (community hall) the next day. This mobile clinic was in partnership with students from Udayana University, with 110 clients received medical services and education.

The show must go on!

The fire is the biggest challenge Yayasan Rama Sesana has ever faced in its 12 years of serving the community. Now is the time we need your support the most, so we can replace our melted medical equipment once we have found a new temporary home for our base clinic, and continue our vision of creating a healthy generation through women’s empowerment.

Sincere thanks to all of our wonderful friends and supporters who donated, and sent us prayers and messages of strength after the fire. With your support, we can keep improving the lives of the low-income women of Bali’s traditional market communities. We will not be stopped by fire! 

2015 Annual Report

We have published our 2015 Annual Report. You can read it by following the link below.

Pasar Badung burned for almost 24 hours
Pasar Badung burned for almost 24 hours
Our Sanur clinic is now open Monday to Friday
Our Sanur clinic is now open Monday to Friday
Dr Sari checks a client's heart beat in Sumberkima
Dr Sari checks a client's heart beat in Sumberkima
Conducting education in new market locations
Conducting education in new market locations
YRS Staff attend to a client at Pasar Intaran MC
YRS Staff attend to a client at Pasar Intaran MC

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Mar 2, 2016

Our Fantastic Start to 2016

We are excited for the year ahead!
We are excited for the year ahead!

YRS spent a lot of time in 2015 developing our second Five Year Strategic Plan, the major components of which are based on our new aspirational statement:

“Towards 2020 YRS will ensure fewer Balinese women develop female cancers, and more enjoy good sexual and reproductive health.”

To realize this, in 2016 we are introducing two new programs and expanding our Mobile Clinic program:

Portable Ultrasound Machine Services

To greatly increase our accuracy in detecting breast cancer, we have purchased a portable Ultrasound Machine. In early April, our staff will receive operational and basic diagnostic training from two doctors who are kindly flying to Bali to donate their time and expertise.

See & Treat

We have started socialization of our new See & Treat program, which has proved successful in contributing to cervical cancer prevention in Indonesia and many low-resource regions around the world. Soon we will commence operational training for the cryotherapy equipment used to treat abnormal cervical cells. In January, we received a visit from Aubrey Cody, a senior consultant at Global Health Visions, an organization which offers creative solutions to some of today’s most pressing health and development challenges. Aubrey introduced YRS to Cervical Cancer ACTION, a global coalition to stop cervical cancer. We’re looking forward to joining the global efforts to reduce cervical cancer, which, despite being the number one cancer killer of women in the world, is easily preventable.

Mobile Clinic Program

After a very successful Mobile Clinic in Bontihing Village, West Singaraja last October, where YRS staff received 290 clients, we will be expanding our Mobile Clinic program to East Singaraja this year. At the end of January, we conducted a follow-up mobile clinic in Bontihing to deliver client results and give more detailed explanations. The night before the mobile clinic, YRS conducted a Peer Educator training session in the Balai Banjar, which was very successful because it was informal and the women felt very welcome and comfortable. Seven women were trained during this session to share information about sexual and reproductive health among their friends and family.

International Conference on Family Planning

On 25 January, we received a group of international journalists in Bali for the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP). After listening to a presentation by Dr Sari, they observed a big group discussion about various sexual and reproductive health issues, and participated in a tour of Pasar Badung conducted by our Peer Educators. While on the tour they witnessed YRS staff conducting outreach among merchants and shoppers, and also tried some exotic fruits. The following week Dr Sari attended a number of sessions at ICFP, where she had the honour of meeting former Indonesian President Habibie and Prof. Dr Tahir, one of Indonesia’s greatest philanthropists.

Due to ICFP, family planning, along with sexual and reproductive health, was a ‘hot topic’ in Indonesia throughout January. To enable its viewers to learn more, and also learn about YRS’ services, a journalist from SCTV recorded an interview with Dr Sari, which was aired nationally. To watch the interview click here.

YRS is looking forward to a year which is hopefully just as action-packed as the first two months, and as always we say a very big “Terima kasih banyak” to all of our wonderful supporters.

Mobile Clinic Coordinator with clients
Mobile Clinic Coordinator with clients
Dr Sari interviewed by SCTV
Dr Sari interviewed by SCTV
Dr Sari with journalists reporting on ICFP
Dr Sari with journalists reporting on ICFP
 
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