In the developing world a bra is often unavailable, or unaffordable. Second hand bras cost 2 hour’s wages, a good quality new bra can cost a week’s wages. In a subsistance economy where 70% of income goes on food, a bra is an unspeakable luxury. But there are spare bras in every bra drawer in Australia. Uplift Project collects used and new bras and ships them wherever requested by women’s groups.
Women appreciate the common dignity of a bra for business or social occasions. Bras control breast swing when women bend to garden or cook at ground level. In humid climates rashes, fungal infections and abscesses occur between the breast and the chest wall. Bras help by allowing air circulation. Nursing mums everywhere leak, and bras allow the dignity of a dry shirt, and the comfort of support. A thrush rash on a mother’s skin may spread to her baby’s mouth, and then back into the breast itself. A mastectomy bra offers privacy about the problem.
From its foundation in 2005 to 2015, Uplift has sent 1.5 million bras to 11 Asia Pacific countries, and to Botswana and Uganda. Uplift tries to ensure they get to the women who need them without compromising their dignity. Bras have been sent to to Fiji, PNG, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Philippines, Bali, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and the Northern Territory and the Kimberley.
You can read more about the Uplift Project at www.upliftbras.org
Donations of bras can be dropped off at the Clinic during business hours. Please do not post bras to the Clinic because someone has to go the the Post Office to collect them, and this can cause inconvenience to patients.
To contact Liz regarding Uplift please see the Uplift website. Please do not phone the Clinic number regarding Uplift as Liz will have to interrupt her patient’s treatment to answer.