What Bumi Sehat really needs now is a lab where they can do their own HIV testing. HIV is on the rise in Bali and Ibu Robin and Bidans (midwives) need their own lab. Testing for HIV and treatment can greatly reduce Mother to Child transmission of HIV. Help save mother’s and babies lives by donating to this vital lab.
The CDC writes, “HIV transmission from mother to child during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or breastfeeding is known as perinatal transmission and is the most common route of HIV infection in children. When HIV is diagnosed before or during pregnancy, perinatal transmission can be reduced to less than 1% if appropriate medical treatment is given.”
Read Every Mother Counts recent article to learn more: “Why National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Matters to Maternal Health.
Every Mother Counts recently posted an article sharing Ibu Robin’s direct experience with this issue and why it is more important than ever so support this cause. Touched by HIV/AIDS- When Healthcare Workers are Exposed:
On Valentine’s Day, our dear friend, midwife Robin Lim, founder of the Bumi Sehat Birth Center in Indonesia performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a newborn. He was premature and the oxygen masks she tried to use didn’t fit properly and wouldn’t deliver the air he desperately needed to his brand new lungs. With only moments to spare before lack of oxygen damaged his brain and stopped his heart, Robin did what any midwife would do. She breathed life into the boy over and over again, until he was able to do the job himself…. read more
There are several ways you can donate to Bumi Sehat, here are a few ways:
– Donate directly to Bumi Sehat
– Purchase a pair of GBF Bumi Booties, available in 6 unique patterns,and 100% of the proceeds will go to Bumi Sehat (thanks Salihah Kirby for donating the Bumi Booties so we can do this!)
– Purchase anything from Global Birth Fair this quarter, such as Bali birth jewelery or Birth Batiks, or Rebozos, or DVDs, or any birth gifts and tools, and a percentage of your proceeds will go to our Bumi Sehat, our spring featured organization.