Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali

by Yayasan Bumi Sehat, Ds. PKR Nyuh Kuning
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali
Deliver Pandemic Maternal Health Care in Bali

Our Pandemic Maternal Health Project is now fully funded! Thank you so much for your support and for donating during our campaigns on GlobalGiving. Our clinics have been able to continue to offer medical and lab services, and provide full Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for all of our staff to ensure their safety. Our dedicated midwives, doctors and nurses continue to treat as many patients as before the pandemic, but now with social distancing protocols, strict mask wearing guidelines and PPE to reduce their chances of catching COVID-19. As per Indonesian Health Department regulations, all our staff, at all our clinics, are fully vaccinated, which protects their health and that of our patients.

This doesn't mean our work is over. Bumi Sehat will continue to offer by-donation or free general and maternal healthcare and birth services. We anticipate that the Balinese economy will continue to be severely impacted by the collapse of the tourism economy for another one to two years. 

We will continue to fundraise through GlobalGiving and currently have active projects for our Papua and Lombok clinics, as well as a new Women and Children Pandemic Food Security project. Team Bumi Sehat distributes weekly food packages to vulnerable women, families and elderly in North Bali who are affected by the economic downturn. Many people have lost jobs and turned to subsistence farming to feed their families. They often lack money to pay for basic staples, such as rice or oil, so our packages provide these staples, plus protein such as eggs or tempeh, and fresh vegetables. 

We are also excited to announce that Bumi Sehat can now receive donations in crypto currency. This gives our donors another channel to help support our work. For more information, visit our website and click on the Donations tab.

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Bali is heading into a mild form of lockdown as Indonesia experiences its newest wave of the pandemic, and is affected by the new Delta variant. Across the island, we're subject to new regulations about limiting non-essential activities and trips, and people are encouraged to stay home as much as possible, and travel as little as possible.

Bumi Sehat's Ubud clinic remains open 24/7 as we're considered an essential service facility. Our staff of midwives and nurses are rostered around the clock for continuous care. At the start of the pandemic, many patients stayed away from the clinic as they feared being around groups of people. However, now our patient numbers are returning to pre-pandemic levels as people see how rigourously Bumi Sehat is following health protocols.

The Bali clinic had resumed prenatal yoga classes, limited to 20 women, but we've now voluntarily stopped the in-person class and gone back to online yoga for safety. 

Over the past year, the Bumi Sehat clinic has proven that we can maintain strict social distancing guidelines and protocols. Patient numbers are limited for acupuncture and other treatment clinics. Patients are asked to stay at home and only come to the clinic just before an appointment time. All pregnant Moms are given Covid-19 tests when they begin labor, to protect themselves, the staff and their new baby. The clinic has not had a single instance of transmission from patient to staff or staff to patient. 

Our staff wear full personal protection, masks and gloves at all times, and we continue to benefit from the generous donation of PPE and COVID-19 tests from our donors and GlobalGiving. Two of our Bali midwives tested positive for COVID-19 and were immediately quarantined at home until they recovered from their mild cases. The source of infection turned out to be family members, not patients or other staff, and there was no transmission to patients they treated, who were all tested. The midwives did not return to work until they received two negative COVID-19 tests in a row, so no patients were ever put at risk.

Between January and May 2021, our Bali midwives delivered 1942 instances of maternal health care, including pre and post-natal care, and oversaw about 150 births. The doctors and nurses also treated 2943 general patients, for a range of conditions, including coughs, fever, infections, STDs, road accidents and animal bites.

We're happy to report that Bumi Sehat has also released a new free handbook on treating and recovering from dengue fever, which is a serious problem across the archipelago, and our Cryotherapy Cervical Screening Program has been running successfully for seven months now. Cervical cancer is a leading killer of women in Indonesia. This program checks women over 40 for early signs of possible cervical cancer. About 25% of women checked show some abormal cells, which are then frozen with liquid nitrogen and removed. We're happy to report that all women who initially showed abnormal cells reported later getting negative Pap Smear test results after the procedure!

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We took the challenge of COVID-19 seriously, and quickly adapted how we worked. Like many other health care facilities, we instituted new protocols for limited capacity, allowed fewer visitors and ceased group tours, and secured protective equipment for our staff. In response, moms adapted too, learning to use video calls to introduce the family to its newest member, just as those around the world learned to connect without physical contact. During labour and childbirth our midwives and medical team wear complete PPE (Personal Protection Equipment). In accordance with World Health Organization guidelines, moms in labour are welcome to bring their partner or a birth companion. No one should feel alone or abandoned in labour and childbirth.

We revisited everything we did, down to the smallest details. We added an even more rigorous cleaning schedule and implemented tight hygiene controls. We had long used washable hand towels to reduce waste, but switched to disposable paper towels instead. We taught our community to make masks and hand sanitizer.

We needed more supplies to stay safe through the pandemic, and GlobalGiving and donors from around the globe helped fund more PPE and COVID-19 tests. Your donations have allowed us to continue essential work. We made adjustments as necessary to comply with health guidelines, such as suspending elderly yoga, reducing acupuncture clinic services to three days per week, and moving Youth Centre classes online, which are currently temporarily suspended until schools reopen. Prenatal yoga, once held twice weekly at our clinic, migrated to an online-only class on our YouTube channel, thanks to instructor Wine Pramiyanti. Prenatal yoga is now being reintroduced with social distancing protocols in our big, open yoga shallah, with both Ibu Eva and Ibu Wine at the helm.

While Bumi Sehat operates in locations across Indonesia and the Philippines, it was Bali that was disproportionately affected by the overnight disappearance of tourism on the island. Prior to the pandemic, a booming tourism industry created hospitality careers, and jobs in, restaurants, spas and transportation. When borders closed around the world, whole swaths of the job sector were crippled or disappeared. More than half of Bali’s workers were left without jobs and this has created a hunger crisis that only worsens as the pandemic continues.

Bumi Sehat has been working to identify needy populations in Bali and deliver food in collaboration with generous donors who funded these food drives. This includes the elderly, single and widowed mothers, those at high-risk from HIV/AIDs, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and families in rural villages of the North, where the 2017-2018 eruptions of Mount Agung adversely affected farmland. Bumi Sehat has been continuing the Balinese tradition of delivering Sambako, or staple food relief packages, together with fresh veggies and vitamins, to families and elderly in the Karangasem area, Temesi, Temukus and Pemuturan villages,  to HIV patients and their families in need, and to elders in our home village of Nyuh Kuning. Our mobile medical team also delivered health and prenatal checkups at the same time and gave medicines as needed.

Of course, babies continue to enter the world. While our halls are a little quieter than they used to be, we’re still busy doing what we do best -- ensuring moms and babies are safe, that both have gentle care, that they bond through skin-on-skin contact, that moms know the importance of breastfeeding, that they receive the nutrition and care they need, including fresh, delicious meals prepared under strict hygiene rules in our kitchens by our dedicated kitchen staff, and that families return home with hearts full of joy.

Each month in 2020, Bumi Sehat team midwives received more than 60 babies into the world. Additionally, our staff conducted more than 689 prenatal check-ups per month, free or by-donation. When health authorities mandated that labouring women be screened for Covid-19, we were able to secure the lab equipment and tests to meet this new requirement. 

A new strain of the virus is threatening a second wave of lockdowns and bringing continued economic hardship. Meanwhile, we are encouraged to learn that researchers in the Netherlands found Covid-19 antibodies in 2,700 samples of human breast milk. This brings a mix of hope and uncertainty, which seems to be the new normal. No matter what lies ahead, we are prepared, thanks to your devotion. We will be here to help those in need. And as always, mothers will lead us to healing and the future.

Thank you for all your love, support and donations in these challenging times.

With love and gratitude,

Ibu Robin Lim & Team Bumi

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Yayasan Bumi Sehat, Ds. PKR Nyuh Kuning

Location: Gianyar - Indonesia
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Twitter: @BumiSehat
Project Leader:
Eka Yuliani
Gianyar, Gianyar Indonesia

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