RC Bali Nusa Dua & Kerti Praja Partnership

RC Bali Nusa Dua & Kerti Praja Partnership

HIV-AIDS Community Service Project
Press Release: 14 April 2014

The Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua recently presented cheques to The Yayasan Kerti Praja at the Amertha Clinic in Denpasar.

Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua (“RCBND”) has been at the forefront in dealing with the HIV-AIDS problem in Bali. HIV-AIDS is not just a health issue but impacts on the social welfare of family groups and the future of children affected by the condition.

With that in mind, the RCBND has since 2008 both initiated and participated in a range of programs targeted at firstly prevention & education, secondly current health issues & support and thirdly the future welfare of kids affected by the HIV status of their parents.

In the area of prevention and education RCBND has pioneered a program of educating some 170 midwives in Klungkung, Tabanan and Badung/Kerobokan as well as 20 paramedics to become government certified counsellors to mid-wives. This program educates mid-wives on how to better deal with mothers living with HIV or AIDs during and immediately after the birth of their children so as to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus. This program was so successful that KPA Bali (Government Health Agency) allocated IDR 6 billion (USD 525,000.-) in fiscal 2014 to support HIV / AIDS programs. This demonstrates the government’s strong commitment and effort and in addressing this epidemic.

RCBND partners with Yayasan Kerti Praja (“YKP”) in delivering programs that deal with current health issues and support. Through YKP, RCBND delivers nutrition supplements to infants affected by HIV-AIDS up to the age of 18 months as well as vital medical supplies for the effective operation of the Amertha Clinic.

The generational effect of HIV-AIDS will likely result in children being affected by the virus, in addition, many families will experience the associated devastating effect of lack of income, resulting in children discontinuing their schooling. To avoid generational disadvantage and the resulting poverty cycle, RCBND in association with YKP provides elementary school scholarships; currently 18 HIV+ children benefit from this initiative.

The Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua is able to develop and continue its programs in the fight against HIV and provide support in order to alleviate its impact on families in Bali only by virtue of its very generous supporters and sponsors. The club holds a range of fund-raising activities every year including a Golf Tournament, Tennis Tournament and recently inaugurated Fashion Show and Culture Event. The business community of Bali provides very generous donations of prizes, auction items and also their sporting and hotel facilities to make these fund-raising efforts possible. The Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua thanks its many, very generous sponsors such as The Raffles Golf Club, The Grand Nikko Hotel, The Bali National Golf Club, Wilson Tennis, Bali Soap and many more too numerous to mention individually.

The club also applauds the inspirational leadership of its HIV-AIDS Programs of Rotarian Ari Murti and YKP’s Emily Rowe. The club’s other major community service programs includes facilitating cleft palate and other craniofacial surgery for underprivileged children on Bali with over 1,390 life-changing operations completed to date.

For more information on the Kerti Praja Foundation, please click here.