YRS staff were overjoyed by the enormous turnout to their Mobile Clinic in Desa Bontihing, North Bali, on Saturday October 3. 290 people attended the Mobile Clinic, which was conducted in the Bontihing Bale Banjar, beneath a 120-year-old durian tree.
General health check-ups and sexual and reproductive health services were delivered, as well as an information session on cervical cancer. This is by far the most number of people to ever attend a YRS Mobile Clinic, and YRS are extremely proud of their new record!
The Mobile Clinic was made possible by the wonderful generosity of Bu Putu Sumiati and Pak Made Sukrawan, who asked YRS Director Dr Sari to conduct the clinic in Bontihing because of the community’s lack of accessible health services. Bu Putu and Pak Made guided the two YRS vehicles up to Bontihing the day before the event, provided accommodation for staff and also treated them to a fantastic Balinese feast.
Bu Putu and her friend Bu Sri were also a huge help on the day, assisting with client registration and the smooth running of the event. Also on deck registering clients and delivering education materials was Bu Desak Suprapti, YRS’ Singaraja Coordinator. Their kind-hearted generosity was overwhelming, and all YRS staff thank them sincerely.
Among the 290 people who attended the clinic, 53 lab tests were conducted for STIs, 1 VCT test (Voluntary Counseling and Testing for HIV) was conducted, and five Pap tests were conducted. 30 breast self-exams were also delivered. The vast majority of health complaints were eye and ear problems, which has motivated YRS to collaborate with these particular health services for its Mobile Clinic program in the future.
The record turnout to the Bontihing Mobile Clinic is evidence of the great need for YRS’ Mobile Clinic program. Many parts of Bali are still without sufficient health services, and YRS is contributing significantly to improving the health of these communities.