We strive to increase knowledge, awareness and access to sexual and reproductive health services for the low-income women of Bali's traditional market communities through our Education Program and Medical Program. Our current model of providing health education and donation-based services to traditional market communities has been very successful in the capital Denpasar and Sanur. We now also deliver services to traditional market communities around Bali through our Mobile Clinic program.
Many women in Balinese traditional market communities are at risk of health problems due to low education, low income, lack of information, long work hours and lack of time. HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have spread throughout Bali and women suffer more severe consequences than men due to biological vulnerability to infection. Breast and cervical cancer, maternal death and domestic violence are also common in Bali, and women tend to put low priority on their health.
YRS provides clinical services and education programs focused on women's sexual and reproductive health, for traditional market communities in Bali. To maximize accessibility for women already lacking in time and money, services and programs are donation-based and located at Bali's biggest market. This model is unique as it offers women accessible and inexpensive healthcare, providing an opportunity to prioritize their health without taking too much valuable time from their daily activities.
YRS is a safe space to explore sensitive and taboo issues, both in our clinical services and community education program. This dual approach encourages open and supportive community dialogue while increasing knowledge about sexual and reproductive health, and also provides efficient services for health checks. YRS clients, partners and volunteers continue to share information they receive with friends, families and neighbors - an effective mechanism for breaking down stereotypes and assumptions.