Improving access to treatment for PWID living with HIV in Indonesia

Practice Centre on PWID and HCV hosted by International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine together with Rumah Cemara and Yakeba organized training on access to care for people who inject drugs through the Community Initiated Treatment Intervention (CITI). The training facilitated by Olga Denisiuk and Erijadi Sulaeman took place on 11-13 March, 2015 in Bali, Indonesia.

The main goal of this training was to ensure the full understanding of step-by-step algorithm in organizing access to anti-retroviral therapy (ART) for clients of the Balinese NGO Yakeba, to break existing stereotypes about limitations for outreach workers of harm reduction programme in their involvement into ‘care and treatment field’.

As a result of the 3 days’ work and interactive discussions of the algorithms and approaches to effective linking of PWID to treatment, outreach workers developed their strategy using potential of their outreach model.

Participants enjoyed role-plays, practicing peer counselling sessions and developing strategies for case management. This training was well shaped and time-framed to build the good understanding of the role of outreach workers in ART provision for PWID and raised discussion about the key steps integrating access to ART into regular harm reduction activities.

The pilot intervention which will be run by Yakeba from Bali under support of Rumah Cemara will be evaluated and followed by recommendations which can be useful for Indonesian harm reduction programmes aiming to improve access to care and treatment for PWID living with HIV.