Containing the HIV epidemic in Indonesian Papua through Combination Prevention
The end of June marked the closure of the Australian Aid funded eight-year HIV Cooperation Program for Indonesia (HCPI), one of the main components of the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for HIV (AIPH). To celebrate HCPI’s legacy of positive impact, we are pleased to release a series of positive impact stories, each exploring key program components and achievements.
Combination Prevention: rising to the challenge
Significant HIV programming in the easternmost provinces of Indonesia, Papua and West Papua, commenced in 2002, with assistance from the Australian Government. This was in response at the time to a low-level generalized epidemic, with the objectives of preventing HIV transmission and later, increasing access to clinical services. The prevention programs targeted the general population, but also addressed the needs of sex workers and clients, youth, men who have sex with men, and people who have multiple concurrent sex partners.
A three pronged approach sat at the core of HCPI’s prevention program strategies: advocating with policy makers and community leaders, behavior change communication, and community mobilisation. The programs also emphasised linking communities with local clinical services for testing and treatment. This approach had positive results.
Download the HIV in Papua brief to learn more about HCPI’s work in containing the epidemic through Combination Prevention.
HCPI has played a key role in the country's response to HIV. The eight year program partnered with the National AIDS Commission, Provincial AIDS Commissions, local health offices and civil society, to support Indonesia in planning, developing and implementing an effective and sustainable response to HIV in all provinces in Java, Bali, and Papua and West Papua. HCPI has also worked to foster leadership within government and civil society to address HIV and AIDS. While the closing of HCPI at the end of June marked the end of the Australian Government’s current long-term investment in strengthening Indonesia’s response to HIV and AIDS through a comprehensive bilateral program, it will maintain support to HIV and AIDS in Indonesia including through its ongoing involvement with the Global Fund and research in HIV treatment.
For more information about HCPI and its legacy of positive impact, please contact Jane Daniels, Palladium APAC Health Practice Director (Jane.Daniels@thepalladiumgroup.com).