Yayasan Bumi Sehat means “Healthy Mother Earth Foundation” in Indonesian. Bumi Sehat was founded in 1994, in the small village of Nyuh Kuning, in Bali and operates a free maternal health and infant survival clinic. The centre offers a culturally-appropriate, woman-to-woman model of midwifery and maternal health care directly to economically-challenged and socially-marginalized women and their families.
Bumi Sehat’s mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality and to support the health and wise development of communities. The centre offers:
- General family health services
- Education and environmental programs
- Health, nutrition and hygiene training
- The sending of medical outreach teams to areas experiencing natural disasters to offer maternal health services and educate local midwives and traditional birth attendants on disaster birth protocols
- Midwifery and nursing scholarships to girls from poor families who are unable to afford an education.
According to the World Health Organization, Indonesia has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in South East Asia. Bali is currently experiencing rapid increases in the prices of basic goods and services that are outstripping wages. Many families find themselves unable to pay for health care. Currently, the Bumi Sehat Bali clinic provides full reproductive and general health services to approximately 1,000 people each month, and welcomes about 600 new babies into the world each year.
Bumi Sehat also operates a birth centre and general health clinic in Samatiga, Aceh. This centre was set up after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and continues to serve the local community and internally-displaced people, treating approximately 1500 patients and delivering 30 babies every month.
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