We believe that the end of AIDS is possible if there is more focus on key populations. Our new LGBT project in Indonesia addresses barriers faced by the LGBT community related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Many LGBT people are not reached by prevention programmes
Around 380,000 people are living with HIV in Indonesia, which has the fastest growing epidemic in Asia. This number has risen sharply in recent years and is expected to more than double if approaches to HIV prevention are not improved. HIV prevalence remains high among key populations, notably 8.5% among MSM. Indonesia is engaged in the process of ensuring effective decentralisation and functioning of the health system while at the same time responding to urgent health needs brought about by natural disasters, as well as emerging and re-emerging communicable and non-communicable diseases. In line with the national development plan, Indonesia has developed its longer-term Health Strategy document which dates from 2005-2025.
LGBT people claim a right-based HIV and SRHR response
Bridging the Gaps works with a Theory of Change approach. A Theory of Change is a description of a list of events that is expected to lead to a particular desired outcome. It is a visualization how change is believed to happen. In 2016, representatives of the LGBT community developed a Theory of Change that consists of short-,medium, and long term outcomes. The Theory of Change for Indonesia people project describes how the three key population groups will work together to achieve a positive, enabling legal, social and political environment.
Work in Indonesia has begun with a project by GWL-INA (MSM and trans women) network, to assess the access to ID cards and national health insurance among MSM and transgender women in Indonesia in 4 cities on Java (Jakarta, Bandung) and South Sumatra (Bandar Lampung) and North Sulawesi (Manado).