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Indonesia needs grand change to mitigate HIV/AIDS: Activists

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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Yogyakarta/Bandung   /   Mon, December 2, 2019   /  10:46 am
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You’ve got a friend: A volunteer wearing a red ribbon that reads “Friend of people with human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS)” campaigns on a busy street in Surabaya, East Java. The campaign during World AIDS Day aims to eradicate the stigma of HIV/AIDS and the discrimination against people with the syndrome.(The Jakarta Post/Sigiet Pamungkas)

In the middle of a Heroes Cemetery in Surakarta, Central Java, there is a home. Sometimes even taxi drivers do not want to go there. That is not only because it is in the middle of the quiet cemetery, but also because it is the residence of 32 children of the Lentera Foundation, a community-based organization for orphan children living with HIV-AIDS. Puger Mulyono, the founder of the foundation, said that for the children it was their fourth house as people keep casting them out once they know they have HIV. Finally, with the help of local agencies and private institutions, they finally can have a ‘hopefully” permanent home. “Now there is no demonstration or rejection anymore because we live in a cemetery. (…) But I’m grateful they evicted us because now we get much help and we have a home,” Puger said on Sunday in an event held by Dharmendra Ku...