Health
 Indonesia
Project #12269

Health Education for Low-Income Women in Bali

by Yayasan Rama Sesana
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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

The reborn Warung Blanjong was resplendent, the feast fantastic, the music sublime, the wine divine, and the generosity overwhelming!

Seribu terima kasih, a thousand thank yous to all who attended and donated to our November 21 Fundraiser in Sanur, to raise money for a portable Ultrasound Machine. Yayasan Rama Sesana could not exist without the support from its extended family.

Thank you to Ibu Ketut, Pak Mark and all Warung Blanjong staff for the sensational venue, scrumptious feast and long history of love and support. Thank you to YRS Fundraising Committee member the beautiful Amy Cardamone for her positivity and warmth.

Thank you to our long-term major donor Inspirasia Foundation and to Louisa for being with us on the night.

Thank you to the Australian-Consulate General for their generous gift of top notch Aussie wine, their continued support through the Direct Aid Program, and for coming out in full force on the night. Also thanks to Bali Good Food for donating the hire of the wine glasses.

Thank you to all YRS staff for the glorious decorations, the delightful dessert, and for working tirelessly to improve the lives of low-income Balinese women. You are all truly luar biasa!

And finally, to the incomparable Anne Bendt, who held her own Gala Fundraiser for YRS in Singapore on the same night: We are deeply appreciative of  your extraordinary generosity, kindness, tenacity and unbridled enthusiasm for helping others. You are unstoppable. We extend our thanks to everyone who contributed to Anne’s fabulous fundraiser in Singapore, which raised around $30,000 SGD. YRS is now able to purchase a portable Ultrasound Machine, which will greatly increase our ability to detect breast cancer in the early stages.

From all YRS staff, thank you all, thank you Anne. Matur suksme.

Dr Sari and Anne Bendt in Singapore
Dr Sari and Anne Bendt in Singapore
YRS Staff with Amy (left) and Louisa (centre)
YRS Staff with Amy (left) and Louisa (centre)
Mobile Clinic in Singaraja, North Bali
Mobile Clinic in Singaraja, North Bali

Thousands of Balinese women living in rural areas of the island have extremely limited access to reproductive and sexual health services. In order to increase their access and to improve their lives and communities, almost every weekend YRS travels to these areas to conduct Mobile Clinics, where they deliver Pap tests, HIV/AIDS and STI tests, breast examinations, counselling, treatment, education materials, as well as general health check-ups.

All YRS staff contribute to the Mobile Clinic services, which are for the entire community, not only for women (though women of reproductive age are the demographic accessing the services the most). The day before a Mobile Clinic, YRS staff prepare the equipment, supplies, medicines, forms, brochures and information materials. Mobile Clinics are usually conducted in a community centre. The local community leader and their staff prepare the space as an ad hoc clinic. About one week before, they will inform the community of the Mobile Clinic, and help to promote it.

Mobile Clinics start at around 7am. YRS staff are responsible for client registration, conducting general check-ups and examinations, screening for reproductive health problems, and providing education materials. Usually around 120 clients attend each Mobile Clinic.

Mobile Clinics have been conducted in Desa Banjar Sekar Singaraja and Desa Kaliasem Singaraja in North Bali, Gubug Tabanan in West Bali, Susut Bangli in Central Bali, and Desa Intaran Sanur, Kedonganan and Renon in South Bali. The first Mobile Clinic was conducted in August 2013 in Denpasar. Until December 2014, YRS rented cars to conduct the clinic services, but in January 2015, with the support of the Australian Consulate General, YRS purchased its own car. This made delivering reproductive and sexual health services to rural Balinese women much easier.

Through its Mobile Clinic services, YRS is able to reach thousands of more Balinese women, and improve their health, their lives, and their communities. This is the number one goal of YRS, and the Mobile Clinics help to achieve this.

All staff at YRS would like to give a very warm and appreciate TERIMA KASIH to all our wonderful donors and supporters. You are helping to create a healthy generation of women!

Mobile Clinic at Pasar Sanglah, Denpasar
Mobile Clinic at Pasar Sanglah, Denpasar

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Peer Educator Activity to Commemorate Kartini Day
Peer Educator Activity to Commemorate Kartini Day

Kartini Day, which is held annually in Indonesia on April 21, honours Indonesian heroine Raden Ajeng Kartini who fought for equality between men and women. YRS commemorated Kartini Day by promoting its services and fundraising, educating the community through Peer Educators (PEs) activities, and in order to provide increased access to sexual and reproductive health services, it also conducted a mobile clinic.

Promotion and fundraising was conducted at Sunday Markets in two different locations, Café Batu Jimbar and Mercure Resort in Sanur, from 8am to 2pm. At these markets ceramics donated by ceramic company Jenggala were sold to raise funds for YRS, which will go towards education and medical services.

Also in commemoration of Kartini Day, PEs disseminated information to the market community about negotiation in choosing contraception methods with their partner/husband. Six Peer Educators participated and disseminated 77 educational materials (leaflets).

Still in the spirit of Kartini Day, in collaboration with Udayana University students and the local finance organization (koperasi), YRS provided its mobile clinic services to women in Intaran Sanur on April 26, from 7.30am to 10.30am. 81 clients received sexual and reproductive health medical services and 58 received educational services.

Mobile Clinic in Sanur
Mobile Clinic in Sanur
Fundraising at Sunday Market in Sanur
Fundraising at Sunday Market in Sanur

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March became a special month for YRS because commemorate an International Women’s Day (IWD)  supported through promotion activities in BTDC Nusa Dua, Peer Educators (PEs) and mobile clinic activity.

Promotion in Nusa Dua was organized in order to commemorate International Women's day and the opening of beach club and restaurant of Nikki Beach Bali. Taking the theme of "All about the Ladies Amazing Sunday Brunch" to support YRS educate and empower women especially for women's reproductive health with a percentage of the proceeds going to Yayasan Rama Sesana.

From within the market, all YRS Peer Educators doing education session together through outreach activity with the theme “Make it Happen” aims to encourage effective action to promote and recognize the equality between men and women, because through women the healthy generation was born.  6 PEs joined the activity by distributing 100 educational materials around Badung traditional market.

YRS commitment to reach more people especially women realized in YRS mobil clinic on Saturday, March 14th 2015 in remote area in Susut Bangli started from 10am – 2pm, collaboration with local community and student from Udayana University who doing social community work in that area. Through that activity 74 people received educational services, and 65 people received medical services. Community enthusiasm of the YRS services was very high; they came to receive sexual-reproductive health services which are an infrequent event that they received from health provider in their area.

From the routine activities in YRS Pasar Badung, Intaran Sanur and YRS mobile clinic about 724 received education through IEC materials (brochures, booklets, leaflets) and 493 people received medical services with 649 client visits.

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Yayasan Rama Sesana

Location: Denpasar, Bali - Indonesia
Website: http:/​/​www.yrsbali.org/​
Project Leader:
Luh Putu Upadisari
Director of Yayasan Rama Sesana
Denpasar, Bali Indonesia

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