Robin Lim Named CNN Hero

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Bali-based midwife Robin Lim has been named the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year.

Lim, an American citizen, runs the Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation), an NGO that works with pregnancy and childbirth issues amongst local women in Bali.

Lim was named Hero of the Year from a list of Top 10 CNN Heroes at an event in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The annual title sponsored by the US news network sees a grant of US$250,000 given to the organisation of the winning individual. All of the Top 10 Heroes receive a $50,000 award for their cause.

Lim became a midwife after her sister died in childbirth. She founded her Bali-based NGO in 2003 and offers free prenatal and birthing services to low-income Indonesian women in both Bali and Aceh.

This year’s CNN Heroes awards received around 10,000 submissions from over 100 countries.

Speaking during the award ceremony, Lim said there was still much work to do.

“Every mother should be healthy and strong. Every birth could be safe and loving. But our world is not there yet,” she said.

She told CNN that maternity care in Indonesia was very poor, and that women were further disadvantaged by the high cost of care in hospitals.

“Deliveries have become commercialised, and mothers die from haemorrhage after childbirth because they can’t afford proper care,” she said.

Lim was named Hero of the Year after on online vote on CNN’s website.

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