Tackling HIV prevention: Australian Health Minister Visits Palladium's HIV Cooperation Program in Indonesia
Australian Minister for Health Sussan Ley visited a Community Health Centre in Jakarta earlier this month, part of the DFAT funded HIV Cooperation Program for Indonesia (HCPI). The Minister observed first-hand the positive work being done by the Centre to deliver HIV related prevention services in Indonesia. This includes support for voluntary counselling and testing, antiretrovirals, and methadone maintenance therapy for injecting drug users.
Managed by Palladium, HCPI is one of the main components of the Australia Indonesia Partnership for HIV. The program partners 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.
Simon Field, Palladium’s Team Leader for HCPI, outlined the importance of the Minister’s visit in recognising the good work done by HCPI to date.
“Australia’s support to the Indonesian Ministry of Health has helped make significant progress in addressing HIV/AIDs in the injecting drug user population by providing Methadone at health clinics and outreach support through civil society. In addition, the Indonesian Ministry of Health recently released new guidelines on the implementation of needle exchange programs.”
HCPI has played a key role in the country’s response to HIV, fostering leadership within government and civil society to address HIV and AIDS, facilitating the development and implementation of an effective response to HIV in Papua and West Papua, and building support for effective harm reduction to address HIV amongst injecting drug users. HCPI also focused on sustainable HIV approaches in prisons, and with most at risk populations in Bali.