On the 5th of February 2015, the YBP team met with inmates from the Gianyar District Prison to delivery a HIV/Sexual Health Education Session and Mobile Testing Clinic. A total of 20 inmates were tested for HIV/STIs on the day. In the coming weeks, remaining inmates will be tested for HIV/STIs.
Yayasan Bali Peduli was invited by Dr Ngurah, head of the Pusekmas, Sayan ll, to hold an education session at the Kantor Kecematan Ubud on Friday 5th December.
Approximately 30 people attended this session and everyone who was there found it very beneficial. Through Dr Ngurah’s positive relationships with the Indonesian government, he was able to lobby for YBP to hold this special session. YBP believes that these education sessions are very important and hope that this session will set a precedent for other Indonesian government bodies to follow suit. YBP thinks it is very important to be able to work with the government to achieve ultimate success.
Yayasan Bali Peduli (YBP) facilitated a training program on HIV and AIDS management and treatment for health providers in Gianyar last week.
The program was aimed at boosting the skills of health practitioners in accordance with the Integrated Management of Adolescent and Adult Illnesses (IMAI) standard.
The program was facilitated by three doctors from Bandung, Jakarta and Bali and aims to improve the skills of front-line health professionals with regards to the management of HIV and AIDS treatment.
In her opening address, YBP’s Chairperson, Lily Wardoyo expressed hope that the event will lead to even stronger collaboration with the Bali health authorities, both at provincial and regional levels, to achieve the common goal of halting the spread of HIV on the island.
Collaboration is something YBP endeavors to work towards and is one of our main goals for the next coming year.
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Yayasan Bali Peduli kicked off a week-long training of seventeen health professionals from seven Puskesmas (public health centres) across Gianyar, Bali today.
Aimed at boosting the skills of health practitioners in accordance with the Integrated Management of Adolescent and Adult Illnesses (IMAI) standard – in this instance relating to HIV and AIDS – this event is supported by Rotary Global Grant via Rotary Club Ubud Sunset.
In her opening address, Yayasan Bali Peduli Chairperson, Lily Wardoyo, expressed hope that the event will lead to even stronger collaboration with the Bali health authorities, both at provincial and regional levels, to achieve the common goal of halting the spread of HIV on the island.
The training is being facilitated by three doctors from Bandung, Jakarta, and Bali, and will improve the skills of front-line health professionals with regard to the management of HIV and AIDS treatment.
The head of Gianyar Regency Department of Health, Dr. Ida Ayu Cahyani Widyawati, in her written opening speech said, since the discovery of the first case in 1987, the HIV epidemic in Indonesia continues on an upwards trend. The figures for April – June 2014 shows 6,626 new infections (308 cases for AIDS). Cumulative numbers since 1 April 1987 to June 2014 are 142,940 HIV; 55,623 AIDS and 9,760 deaths. The transmission rate is highest among heterosexuals at 61% followed by injecting drug users at 15% and prenatal transmission at 3%. Figures quoted by the Directorate General PP & PL MoH show infection is highest among 20 – 29 year olds (33%), followed by 30 – 39 years (28%) and 40 – 49 years (11%). This event will close on Friday, 7 November 2014.
The YBP Education program aims to raise awareness for HIV and promote safe behaviours. Our strategy involves zero-discrimination, as we believe that everybody regardless of their gender, orientation, economic or social status, should have access to health education and services. Currently the program is focused on high-risk populations in the Kuta and Gianyar districts. The program is coordinated by Cipto Aryo Panenang and works in collaboration with village leaders, employers and school principles; all of which have shown tremendous support for the initiative. In 2013 the program reached approximately 3000 members of the Balinese community. This year we expanded the program and as of June 2014, we have already run 32 education sessions.
The spread of HIV through the Indonesian prison system is a salient issue and one that requires intervention. The World Health Organisation considers prisons and detention centres as high-risk environments for the transmission of HIV. Lack of access to prevention measures and the prevalence of risk behaviours are two key issues. Needle sharing between drug-users and unprotected sex are key behaviours that fuel the spread of HIV between inmates. In 2010. 4.3% of inmates at Kerobakan, Bali’s largest prison, were HIV positive. Hepatitis C and rates of syphilis are also higher within the prison that in the general public.
Gianyar is a fast growing district in Bali situated north of Denpasar and Kuta beach. The Gianyar Distric Prison holds 83 inmates, which comprises of 78 men and 5 women who are kept in separate living quarters. A total of 22 inmates have been incarcerated on drug related charges. The prison staff provide inmates with information about HIV and STIs, however, the content is very basic and not well received. Drug use and unprotected sex between inmates is common, two high-risk behaviours that increase the possibility of HIV and STI transmission.
On the 12th of June 2014, the YBP Outreach Team visited the Gianyar Distric Prison to raise awareness for HIV and promote safe behaviours. Over 90% of inmates attended the two hour education session, which involved presentations on various topics, group activities and demonstrations. In addition, the session also included question time, which gave inmates an opportunity to openly discuss HIV and health related topics with the YBP team. The proved to be beneficial in clarifying many misconceptions about the disease and help breakdown some of the negative stigma focused on PLWH. Participants also received a small workbook that included information about HIV and preventative methods. Many of the inmates asked about our testing services, as they were eager to find out their HIV status. YBP is in the process of obtaining a permit that will allow us to set up a temporary mobile clinic inside the prison, were inmates can get tested for HIV/STIs and access treatment where necessary, all entirely free of charge. Please check the YBP Facebook page for further developments on this project. www.facebook.com/balipeduli