Yogyakarta Women’s Health Initiative aims to establish a programme of health education and training in the region of Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta Special Province) with the potential to run cancer screening and treatment programmes at later stages when sufficient funding is available.
Yogyakarta Special Province is one of the poorest regions of Java and whole Indonesia and both maternal mortality (National statistics 2007: 320 deaths per 100,000 maternities) and mortality from gynaecological cancer still remain very high. Most of the patients present at very advanced stages of malignant disease and treatment at this point is often limited to palliative measures only. There is a potential to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage through health education and self-examination, and cervical cancer through raised awareness, education and screening programmes. Due to a lack of patient awareness and limited antenatal care in remote areas high-risk pregnancies are often detected too late and further follow-up and management cannot be guided appropriately.
It is the aim of this project to establish a programme of health education for patients as well as a training and information platform for midwives and doctors in order to decrease the high mortality of gynaecological cancer as well as the high maternal mortality rate in the area of Yogyakarta Special Province. This is part of a collaborative project between institutions in Yogyakarta (Universitas Gadjah Mada and the Dr. Sardjito Hospital), European institutions (Medical University of Innsbruck and University College London) and the ASEA-Uninet cooperation. Furthermore, with sufficient funding this platform could be the starting point (apart from increased patient awareness and health education) for gynaecological cancer screening programmes in remote areas.
This online platform provides comprehensive information leaflets on breast, ovarian and cervical cancer including instructions on how to perform breast self examination (with the potential to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage), sexually transmitted diseases and family planning in Bahasa Indonesia (the national language in Indonesia) as well as in English. The information presented here represents a reference guide for midwives and doctors to be printed off in regional hospitals (as well as in tertiary referral centres such as the Dr. Sardjito Hospital and brought to remote areas when going there in multidisciplinary teams). They will then be provided to patients attending those hospitals or regional clinics. Furthermore, information on the early detection of high-risk pregnancies with associated symptoms and signs, antenatal care plans, neonatal resuscitation training guides and further important links will be included. No similar platform exists at the moment and there is no similar collection of information leaflets available in Bahasa Indonesia to patients and health care workers.
This platform provides a dynamic environment available to everyone with a huge potential to extend the activities when sufficient funding is available. We aim to raise patient awareness of cervical, ovarian and breast cancer as well as sexually transmitted diseases in the area of Yogyakarta Special Province, helping women to recognize early symptoms of disease and where to seek appropriate help.
You or your organization can make a difference to women’s health in the region of Yogyakarta by supporting the Yogyakarta Women’s Health Initiative.
Please contact us to find out about sponsorship opportunities and help us to continue our effort of achieving developments and advancement in women’s health in Yogyakarta Special Province.
Dr. Matthias Lechner