BALI PINK RIBBON ROADSHOW 2019
Free seminar and screening for women in rural Waitabula area, West Lombok
Denpasar, August 2019… Yayasan Pita Merah Muda, or known as Bali Pink Ribbon (BPR) recently completed their second road show of 2019, the early detection seminar and free manual breast screening for people in Waitabula, East Lombok. From 5-7 August, BPR jointly with medical partner Prima Medika Hospital, FeM Surgary Singapore, John Fawcett Foundation (JFF), and Komunitas Cinta Kasih (KCK) conducted their road show. The free seminar and screening was held in villages in West Lombok cooperation with the regional government of Lombok and health department.
The seminar was attended by 381 participants, with 560 women screened manually followed by 34 women screened using USG. The activity found 1 persons detected with benign tumor. The team of 10 board members, volunteers and doctors brought a portable USG Machine donated by sponsors to facilitate the event, while FeM Surgery doctors team consisting of 3 doctors also provided a portable USG Machine.
Funds raised from sponsors are used to establish Bali Pink Ribbon, Bali’s only breast cancer support center, starting back in 2013. In 2019, funds received from donations were used for the following activities:
· A second mobile USG unit with funds donated by Freeport Mining Pink Tea Committee & Spotty Dotties Group Darwin, Australia. The first mobile USG unit for free screening seminars and free screening roadshows round the island was donated by Freeport Mining Pink Tea in 2015.
· The first road show to West Lombok. The seminar was attended by 365 participants, with 307 women screened manually followed by 83 women screened using USG. The activity found 8 persons detected with benign tumor.
· The second road show to Sumba in August 2019
As the next target from funds raised, BPR aims to establishment its own women’s only breast cancer clinic in Denpasar, in cooperation with medical partner Prima Medika Hospital.
Gaye Warren, founder of Bali Pink Ribbon says, ”We look forward to a future where all Balinese women become more aware of breast cancer through BPR’s extensive awareness campaign throughout the island and beyond, learning to take more responsibility for their own breast health and seek help without fear and know that support is now freely available.”
She mentioned, “Funds we receive will be used to enable further outreach services in Bali’s most remote area and surrounding islands.”
Now considered by the Indonesian ministry of Health as the best breast cancer education available in the whole of Indonesia. Bali Pink Ribbon also assists with emergency treatment for underprivileged patients who have no government health insurance (BPJS).