According to UNAIDS, Indonesia had 48,000 new HIV infections and 38,000 AIDS-related deaths in 2016. In the same year, there were 620,000 people living with HIV. Among pregnant women living with HIV, 14% were accessing treatment or prophylaxis to prevent transmission of HIV to their children. An estimated 3200 children were newly infected with HIV due to mother-to-child transmission.
Lentera Anak Pelangi (LAP), a community service under the AIDS Research Centre of Atma Jaya Catholic University in Jakarta, care for and support children living with HIV in Jakarta and the Greater Jakarta Area. LAP was established in response to the omission of HIV and AIDS harm reduction and prevention programmes specifically targeted at children in and around the capital.
NOW! Jakarta spoke to Nita Anggriawan, the Programme Director of LAP, about the many challenges that children with HIV in Indonesia still face, and what can be done in terms of prevention.
Please give us more background information about the establishment of Lentera Anak Pelangi.
Since its establishment in 2009, LAP operated through the support of different organizations and donors. First, we were funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) grant through the Indonesia Partnership Fund (IPF) in cooperation with the National AIDS Commission (KPAN). LPA was born in the academic community of Atma Jaya Catholic University in the hope of becoming a laboratory for students and lecturers to apply knowledge relevant to the needs of children affected by HIV and AIDS and their families. To help families of children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS through family empowerment, LAP was placed under the Community Empowerment Center (PPM).