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HIV Cooperation Program for Indonesia leaves behind legacy of positive impact

This month marks 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 will be releasing a series of stories over the coming weeks, each exploring key program components and achievements.

HCPI has played a key role in the country's response to HIV.

Strengthening Indonesia’s response to HIV and AIDS
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. Specifically, HCPI has achieved impact through four key components:

  • Leadership: contributions to Indonesia's capacity to lead, plan and manage an effective and sustainable HIV response.
  • Papua and West Papua Provinces: support for the development and implementation of an effective and sustainable response to HIV in Papua and West Papua.
  • Injecting Drug Users (IDU): strengthening of HIV programs for people who inject drugs (PWID). This includes Bali most at risk populations, with the objective of increasing the proportion of sex workers, men who buy sex, and transgender in Bali practicing safe sex and accessing services.
  • Prisons: support for the development and implementation of an effective and sustainable approach to HIV in prisons and closed settings.

While the closing of HCPI at the end of this month marks 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 through its ongoing involvement with the Global Fund and research in HIV treatment.

HCPI contributions: the full picture
HCPI’s response to HIV in Indonesia was highly significant, due to the development of innovative models and strategies for managing the epidemic. The program also focused attention to developing policies that allowed for innovation scale up. Of particular note were HCPI’s contributions to harm reduction work with NGOs and Community Health Centers, pilot programs for addressing HIV in prisons, strengthening of Indonesia’s Provincial AIDS Commission (PAC), and capacity building for implementing partners.

In Papua and West Papua, the program initiated integrated mass media campaigns in 2010. Run annually, the campaigns aimed to develop awareness, generate discussions on HIV, and support changes in attitudes and behaviors. Campaign results included a notable increase condom use and awareness, and a widespread increase in HIV awareness more generally.

Download the HCPI Overview to learn more about each program component.

For more information about HCPI and its legacy of positive impact, please contact Jane Daniels, Palladium Asia Pacific Health Practice Director (Jane.Daniels@thepalladiumgroup.com).