God helping us in a mysterious way. Aid package from Australian Governement is an indirect help from God. The Foreign Minister Stephen Smith announced the renewed Australian aid package for Indonesia last week. The package, which will be spread out over three years, would mostly benefit resource-rich Papua, where more than 3,000 people from a total population of 2.5 million are infected with HIV/AIDS.
We have common enemy, the potential of HIV epidemic. That is much more important than political game. We almost forget that our communities were threaten badly by diseases. Indonesian Governement by the help from international assistance such as Australian aid package should take the responsibility to reduce and prevent the spread of HIV in Papua. However, the efforts of Indonesian Health Ministry will be useless if Papuan and all people live in Papua do not take serious attention to the threat of HIV. Keep alert to dangerous impact of HIV!!!
Related Source: MCV
Indonesia’s HIV package
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Australia’s federal government has committed $40 million to fight HIV in Indonesia.
The Foreign Minister Stephen Smith announced the renewed Australian aid package in Perth last week, during his meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister, Mr Hassan Wirajuda.
The package, which will be spread out over three years, would mostly benefit resource-rich Papua, where more than 3,000 people from a total population of 2.5 million are infected with HIV/AIDS.
The funding has been welcomed by the Burnet Institute, one of Australia’s leading medical research and public health institutes.
“It’s an important contribution,” Gary Reid, Senior Fellow at the Burnet Institute’s Centre for Harm Reduction told MCV. “It can never be enough but it is quite a critical contribution.”
According to the Burnet Institute, injecting drug users make up around 50% of Indonesia’s AIDS cases, while 40% of cases occur among heterosexuals. Homosexuals make up the remaining 10% of cases.
Although it’s hoped that Australia’s contribution will head off a major epidemic in Indonesia, figures suggest that slowing the rate of transmission will not be easy.
“The latest [Indonesian] figures for people who are HIV positive from 2006 [is] 193,000 people, so the epidemic is underway.” Mr Reid explained, “And when it moves into the general community, which it has done in Papua, there is cause for great concern. It is in all 32 provinces of Indonesia. It is one of the largest growing HIV epidemics in Asia.”
Mr Reid said that the Indonesian government was alarmed by increase.
“They are being more proactive and making information more accessible to the general public.”