Fil-Am midwife hailed as "CNN Hero of the Year"

GMA News Online reports that CNN has named Robin Lim, a Filipino-American midwife in Indonesia, as its "Hero of the Year." Lim’s mother is Filipino-Chinese. According to the report, CNN chose Lim from a short list of 10 CNN Heroes, each of whom got a cash prize of $50,000.

CNN Hero of the Year Robin Lim

 

GMA News Online reports that CNN has named Robin Lim, a Filipino-American midwife in Indonesia, as its "Hero of the Year." Lim’s mother is Filipino-Chinese. According to the report, CNN chose Lim from a short list of 10 CNN Heroes, each of whom got a cash prize of $50,000.

 

As "Hero of the Year," Lim received an additional $250,000 grant for her non-profit organization Bumi Sehat Foundation. (Health Mother Earth Foundation), which started building "birthing sanctuaries" for Indonesians who need maternal and general health care.

 

In her speech at the awarding ceremony at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Lim said, "Today on our earth, 981 mothers in the prime of their life will die, and tomorrow again, and yesterday. I am asking you to help change that. The very best way that I know is to support your midwifery and mother care so that the midwifes can help lower the risks of motherhood, and we can save lives together-mothers and babies."

 

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