City Establishes 17 Priority Programs to Control HIV/AIDSBERITAJAKARTA.COM — 7/12/2010 7:58:13 PM
In order to reduce the number of HIV/AIDS patients in Jakarta, the
city’s AIDS Control Commission (KPAP) sets up 17 priority programs
included in the Provincial Action Plan for 2011-2012. The 17 priority
programs are developed to support the commission’s target of preventing
36 thousand new HIV/AIDS cases in 2012.
Among the 17 priority programs are sharp increase in promotion, CST
(care, support and treatment), rapid assessment program for analysis and
evaluation, integration program, empowerment program for people living
with HIV/AIDS (ODHA), annual zero survey sustainability, and human
resource development aimed to deliver more reliable, responsible, and
honest KPAP staff through capacity building.
Jakarta Administration Secretary Assistant for Public Welfare, Mara
Oloan Siregar says strong efforts by Jakarta KPAP together with the
Indonesian National AIDS Commission (KPAI) in reducing and preventing
HIV/AIDS transmission/spread has resulted in decreased levels of case
prevalence and the number of cases in Jakarta.
"The proof is that Jakarta is no longer ranked first in terms of case
prevalence rate and the number of cases. Jakarta has declined to third
position for case prevalence rate, and fourth for the number of cases,"
said Mara Oloan Siregar when opening the Regional Working Meeting
(Rakerda) of Jakarta KPAP at City Hall, Jakarta, Monday (7/12)
Oloan explained, according to the Health Ministry data, in 2009, Jakarta
occupied the third position with 31.67 cases per 100 thousand
inhabitants; while the first position was still occupied by Papua
(133.07 cases per 100 inhabitants), and Bali (45.45 cases per 100
inhabitants). Such positions lasted until March this year, where Jakarta
remained in third.
Regarding the number of cases, he added, in 2009, Jakarta was ranked
third among 33 provinces in Indonesia, with the total number of HIV/AIDS
cases reaching 5,827, consisting of 2,849 HIV cases and 3,008 AIDS
cases. Such figures then declines in 2010; until March, the number of
HIV/AIDS cases in Jakarta reaches 2,828 (2,002 people with AIDS due to
syringe use, the rest of 426 people due to non-needle syringe). Of the
2,002 AIDS patients, 426 people have died.
"Based on research, the most vulnerable group to HIV/AIDS in the
capital is the productive age (25-44 years), making up 19.31 percent or
1,131 cases. Of the total number of cases, 75 percent of sex patients
are male," he added.
Jakarta KPAP Secretary, Rohana Manggala said, the success should be
followed by improving and increasing the number of services for
prevention, therapy and rehabilitation programs special for people
infected with HIV and people living with AIDS. "So far, Jakarta KPAP has
been in cooperation with related agencies and with supports from
international partners, to plan, develop, implement and evaluate
HIV/AIDS control programs," said Rohana.
Jakarta Health Agency Head Dien Emmawati says his determination to
continuing help the people living with HIV/AIDS. Currently, through
JPK-Gakin/SKTM program, there are 85 hospitals in Jakarta ready to serve
HIV/AIDS patients for free.
In addition, Jakarta Health Agency already has HIV detection equipment
in 44 sub-district health centers, 54 private hospitals, and six
regional hospitals. "In total, we have 104 locations from 772 locations
in Indonesia," Dien explained.