Changemaker:Giwo Rubianto Wiyogo

Location:Indonesia

I’m playing my part for reproductive and maternal healthcare by prioritizing cooperation and collaboration across Indonesia to help all women and girls.

I was fortunate that I had access to the resources and medical facilities I needed when I almost bled to death during childbirth, and I have dedicated my life, every day since, to making sure that all mothers across Indonesia can access that same level of lifesaving care.

My name is Giwo Rubianto Wiyogo and I am the National Coordinator for Pita Putih Indonesia, the White Ribbon Alliance National Alliance in Indonesia. I am also a social worker and the current president of Kowani, the National Council of Indonesian Women.

I have always been concerned with the health and welfare of women and children in Indonesia, where the maternal mortality rate is so high, with around 177 mothers out of every 100,000 dying during pregnancy or childbirth. I have also experienced the fear and pain that accompanies a “maternal near miss,” when I hemorrhaged and lost two and half liters of blood during the birth of my third child. I almost died giving birth – in a good hospital in Indonesia’s capital city with a very good doctor by my side – how could other women ever hope to survive when they were living in the most remote areas of Indonesia or giving birth in the fields? .

I was fortunate that I had access to the resources and medical facilities I needed when I almost bled to death during childbirth, and I have dedicated my life, every day since, to making sure that all mothers across Indonesia can access that same level of lifesaving care.

Pita Putih Indonesia/White Ribbon Alliance Indonesia has many programs dedicated to helping mothers and children. One of the ways we educate on maternal health is through our annual Healthy Mother, Healthy Indonesia Fun Walk. Its objective is to connect members of a community – mothers and their spouses, as well as health workers and community leaders and local government officials – and help them develop an awareness of the important issues related to maternal and newborn health. Through these events, people learn about maternal health and the warning signs that can hurt mothers during pregnancy and childbirth, and we help to build a proactive culture that shares responsibility, as a community, for each member’s health and wellbeing.

White Ribbon Alliance helps to create a bridge between people and government bodies, and, by acting as a mouthpiece to drive citizen-centric policy decisions, helping to build a future where no woman will die giving birth, and where all women can access the support, care and medical facilities they deserve.

I am so proud that the work that I do helps the women of my country survive pregnancy and childbirth. When I give information to a woman that helps her deliver her baby safer, and I see the smile on her face when she is with her newborn, I am pretty happy. It is just a priceless kind of happiness to be able to help women and newborns every day – I wish everyone could experience it.

The White Ribbon Alliance movement is so powerful because we educate and inform the wider community on how they can play their part in improving the health of mothers and newborns so that, together, we are able to save lives.

Thank youGiwo Rubianto Wiyogo

for playing your part.

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