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Jakarta Post

In memoriam: Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih was committed to research

  • Rosalia Sciortino

Singapore   /   Fri, May 4 2012   /  10:30 am

JP/Jerry AdigunaIn these times of rhetoric and public relations, examples of people whose deeds follow their words are increasingly rare. Indonesia has been fortunate to have one of such “rarities” in the person of Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih who passed away on Wednesday of lung cancer.

Her commitment to research and public health for the benefit of society, particularly vulnerable groups, has been reflected in the way she lived her professional and personal lives. Her early research focused on a disease and an affected group that were both despised by society.

She immersed herself in the lives of sex workers in Jakarta to understand how they were being exposed to HIV by clients who did not want to use condoms and how, in turn, this unsafe sexual behavior contributed to spreading of the disease. Loyal to her conviction that knowledge, to have an impact, had to be shared...