Posted by: Indonesian Children | June 14, 2009

Global Challenges – Indonesia Launching HIV/AIDS Program To Target Most-Affected Provinces

Indonesia plans to use a $130 million grant from the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for a program that will focus on the 12 provinces most affected by HIV/AIDS in the country, BBC News reports. According to BBC News, for the program to be successful, it will have to focus on marginalized populations — such as commercial sex workers, injection drug users and men who have sex with men — that have “not always been well-targeted in the past.”

Bob Magnani, country head of Family Health International, said that Indonesia does not have a history of nongovernmental organizations, “much less with experience and skills to be effective in the short run.” Magnani said, “One of the big dangers with Global Fund — with the vast amounts of money and ambitions to cover many, many provinces — is that you spread the resources very thinly.” He added that when addressing infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, “you have to attack the point of transmission very aggressively, concentrate your resources at those key hotspots.”

According to BBC News, recent data suggest that more than 50% of the country’s IDUs are living with HIV and that the virus is spreading faster through sexual contact. The new program aims to reach 80% of people in the country’s most affected areas and produce behavior change in 60% of targeted people. Nafsiyah Mboi — head of the National AIDS Commission — said the new program will involve three national agencies and 72 districts in a largely decentralized and populated country. She said, “I’m from the old order. … So if we say ‘A’ in Jakarta, ‘A’ goes down all the way to the family level. That’s not possible anymore; we have to do advocacy with each and every one”

 

sources : BBC News

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