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HCPI helps reduce risk of HIV amongst Indonesian Port Workers and Fisherman

Last month 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 releasing a series of positive impact stories, each exploring key program components and achievements.

Reducing risk behaviors amongst port workers and fisherman in Indonesia has been a key part of strengthening the HIV response across the country.

Reducing risk behaviors amongst port workers and fisherman in Indonesia
The estimated three million clients of sex workers in Indonesia play a significant role in transmitting HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to their regular partners, as well as to other sex workers. Clients come from virtually every profession. Surveys have identified sailors, port workers and truckers as men who tend to buy sex more often than men in many other occupations. On the Program side, the ports where they work provide an opportune environment through which to reach them with information about HIV, AIDS and STIs, as well as to provide condoms and referrals for tests and treatment.

In mid-2010, HCPI, the Bali Provincial AIDS Commission Secretariat technical staff, and the Denpasar City AIDS Commission, developed a multi-sectoral approach to HIV prevention for the men working in the Benoa Port. The aim was to embed the program within the port institutions rather than let it be dependent on services provided by an external NGO, or an external funding mechanism.

Download the Port Workers Overview to learn more about HCPI’s work in reducing risk behaviors amongst port workers and fishermen in Indonesia.

About HCPI
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).