Introducing an amazing woman who knows a thing or two about challenges… after Robin Lim’s sister and her sister’s baby died from complications during childbirth several years ago, Robin and her husband sold their home in Hawaii and moved to Bali to ‘reinvent their lives’. It was there that Robin soon learnt she could help make a big difference to the life prospects of pregnant women and their newborn babies.
In 1994 Robin opened a clinic, Bumi Sehat, so that impoverished local mothers could give birth safely and be treated with dignity and respect. Nearly 18 years on, ‘Ibu’ (meaning mother) Robin has helped to safely deliver thousands of babies. In acknowledgement of her extraordinary work, Ibu Robin has recently been bestowed the wonderful recognition in being named the ’2011 CNN Hero of the Year’.
During the glittering ceremony in Los Angeles last month, Robin said “Every baby’s first breath on Earth could be one of peace and love. Every mother should be healthy and strong. Every birth could be safe and loving. But our world is not there yet.”
Many women in the developing world do not have access to contraception or maternal care. According to the United Nations Population Fund, three out of five women giving birth in South Asia do so without a skilled birth attendant on hand.
In Indonesia, the average family earns the equivalent of $8 a day, according to the International Monetary Fund. But a baby delivery costs about $70 at a hospital, and a Caesarian section can cost as much as $700. Robin believes Indonesia’s high maternal and infant mortality rates are caused in part by these costs, which many women cannot meet.
The reality is bad… if births are unattended and there are complications, mothers may die from haemorrhage after childbirth because they can’t afford appropriate care. It’s these dire situations that the excellent work of Bumi Sehat is helping to prevent.
The Intrepid Foundation is very proud to have Bumi Sehat as one of its newest Community Projects, and Intrepid travellers to Bali may visit the clinic and hear first hand about their critical work.
The Intrepid Foundation – travellers making a difference
You can support Bumi Sehat and help save mothers and babies via the Intrepid Foundation. Plus find out how your donation can be matched* by Intrepid Travel!
* Donations will be matched by Intrepid Travel up to AU$5000 (or equivalent) per donor and a total of AU$400,000 each financial year.
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