12 Dec '11, 7am

Midwife who runs free health clinics wins CNN Hero of the Year

Midwife who runs free health clinics wins CNN Hero of the Year

LOS ANGELES - American Robin Lim who has helped poor Indonesian women to have have healthy pregnancies and births, has been named by CNN on Sunday as their 2011 Hero of the Year. According to CNN, through her Yayasan Bumi Sehat health clinics, Robin Lim offers free care -- pre-natal, birthing services and medical care -- that many families cannot afford. She is known to the locals as 'Ibu Robin' (Mother Robin) as a result. The report said that many women in developing countries have no access to contraception or maternal care. In Indonesia, the average family earns about US$8 a day, according to figures from the International Monetary Fund. But the cost of delivering a baby can go up to as much as US$700, the report added. It said Lim believes that Indonesia's high maternal- and infant-mortality rates are partly caused by these high costs which many women cannot afford. An...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/World/Story/A1St...

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