Cerita Pasar – Market Stories 1

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YRS conducted a mobile clinic next to the fish market in the village of Kedonganan, South Bali, on August 19. For the first of YRS’ monthly Cerita Pasar – Market Stories, Gung Ayu, an outreach worker, describes her experience.

“We were surrounded by the typical smell of fish and faced with the hot sun and the heat when we conducted a mobile clinic at Kedonganan. Many fishermen were passing by. We set up in a balai banjar [large open community meeting place] next to the market. Some female workers and fishermen came to ask about our services. They were very interested and immediately enlisted to receive health checks and information.

I saw a group of young men sitting and waiting for the fish to come out of the boats on the beach which they would then deliver to dealers in the area. Smiling, and a little bit surprised, they asked suspiciously why there were women gathering to meet with YRS staff. That day it was my role to conduct outreach and deliver education to the community about sexual and reproductive health. Their first response was cynical and skeptical, but slowly, and with very simple language, I told them about the importance of sexual and reproductive health.

I mostly explained about different types of cancer and that sexually transmitted infections in women are very dangerous and can be life threatening. There was a sudden change on the faces of the young men after I told them this, and they started asking questions. They told me that they had never heard anything about it. They became interested in the information, and I told them to share with their partners and friends what they had learned. The young men then decided to go and get their partners and return to the market with them, so they could receive the services of YRS.

Gung Ayu explaining to the young men the importance of sexual health

Gung Ayu explaining to the young men the importance of sexual health

All men and women who received health checks and information in Kedonganan that day were extremely happy with our services. Many said they hoped that we would return because they feel that there are many women, just like themselves, who have never received services such as those delivered by YRS.”

“Pada Agustus 19, YRS melakukan kegiatan mobile clinic di Pasar Kedonganan, pasar ikan tradisional di pesisir pantai dengan bau khas ikan, matahari cukup terik, panas dan banyak nelayan lalu lalang.

Tempat layanan di setting di sebuah balai banjar disebelah pasar tersebut. Beberapa perempuan pekerja dan nelayan berdatangan bertanya tentang layanan YRS, mereka sangat tertarik dan segera mendaftarkan diri untuk mendapat layanan pemeriksaan dan informasi.

Saya melihat sekelompok bapak-bapak duduk sambil menunggu ikan datang dari perahu di pantai untuk diangakat dan diantarkan ke pedagang disekitar sana. Sambil tersenyum dan agak sedikit heran dengan pandangan curiga bertanya, mengapa ibu-ibu berkumpul dan bertemu dengan petugas YRS?

Saat itu saya bertugas untuk melakukan edukasi dan penjangkauan pada masyarakat sekitar tentang kesehatan seksual dan reproduksi, tanggapan sinis dan kesan tidak biasa dari mereka bapak-bapak ini pada saya, namun secara pelan dengan bahasa sangat sederhana saya jelaskan pentingnya kesehatan seksual reproduksi terutama berkaitan dengan keganasan dan infeksi menular seksual pada ibu-ibu yang begitu berbahaya dan bisa mengancam nyawa.

Perubahan ekspresi wajah sekelompok laki-laki ini mendadak berubah, dan mereka mulai banyak bertanya karena mereka belum pernah mendengar sama sekali tentang hal itu, dan merasa sangat perlu dan tertarik dengan informasi yang saya sampaikan dan mengingatkan mereka pada pasangan mereka masing-masing. Sampai akhirnya mereka memutuskan untuk pulang sejenak menjemput pasangan mereka untuk ikut mendapat layanan dari YRS saat itu.

Semua ibu-ibu pasangan bapak ini mendapat pemeriksaan dan merasa sangat senang dengan layanan YRS saat itu, dan mengharapakan datang kembali karena mereka merasa banyak ibu-ibu seperti dirinya yang belum mendapat layanan seperti dilakukan oleh YRS.”

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