Robin Lim, an American woman better known as “Mother Robin,” was awarded with the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year honor on Sunday night.
Lim runs the Bumi Sehat health clinics, an agency that helps poor Indonesian women deliver healthy babies by providing them with free prenatal care, birthing services, and medical aid.
During the “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” honor ceremony, Lim said:
“Every baby’s first breath on Earth could be one of peace and love. Every mother should be healthy and strong. Every birth could be safe and loving. But our world is not there yet.”
Affordable and free medical care is a welcomed addition to the country where the average family lives off approximately $8 per day and a labor can cost $70 at a hospital with Caesarian sections costing upwards of $700.
According to the United Nations, three out of five women in South Asia give birth without a skilled attendant on hand.
Lim and ten other CNN Heroes were chosen after an 11-week public vote on CNN.com. Lim will receive $250,000 for her cause along with an additional $50,000 for finishing in the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011.
In her closing remarks, Lim made an impassioned please for more help:
“Today on our Earth, 981 mothers in the prime of their life will die — and tomorrow again and yesterday,” she said. “And I’m asking you to help change that. We don’t even know how many babies are lost, but all of us can help change that.”
‘Mother Robin’ wins CNN hero of the year: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/11/living/cnn-heroes/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
Robin Lim: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ibu_Robin_Lim_CPM.png