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STATEMENT BY
HER EXCELLENCY DR. SITI FADILAH SUPARI
MINISTER OF HEALTH OF THE REPUBLIC INDONESIA
AT THE
HIGH LEVEL MEETING ON HIV/AIDS

 

NEW YORK, 10 JUNE 2008

 

President of the General Assembly, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me begin by expressing my profound appreciation for the opportunity to participate in this High Level Meting on HIV/AIDS. I am doing so on behalf of my President who was keen to be with you but regretfully could not be present because of a prior commitment.

The delegation of Indonesia would like to thank the Secretary General for his report on the progress being made in response to HIV in different regions. Indonesia would like to emphasize at the outset its firm commitment to the implementation of the 2001 Declaration of Commitment of HIV/AIDS and the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS for the attainment of the MDGs, particularly Goal 6. In addressing this issue we align ourselves with the views expressed by Antigua and Barbuda on behalf of G77 and China.

As we are all aware, the UN has declared HIV/AIDS a global emergency. The disease remains one of the most serious infectious disease challenges to the health of our population.

Recognizing the grave danger HIV/AIDS represents, Indonesia has been putting safeguards in place to control and eventually stop its spread. But for the present, even though we have a low aggregate HIV prevalence, the problem impacts many adults making up the 15-49 age group. Overall, as of 2006 it was estimated that 193.000 people in Indonesia were living with HIV.

Since the first case of AIDS was identified in 1987 in Indonesia, the number of infected individuals has increased annually. During the last 18 years, HIV prevalence in Indonesia has gone through the normal anticipated progression stages. However there has been an indication of accelerating growth in the last 4-5 years. Available data demonstrate that more than half of the IDU’s are HIV-positive.

In response to this challenge, Indonesia has mounted a comprehensive attack on the epidemic with the primary goal of slowing and ultimately stopping new infections. This response includes moving towards Universal Access targets for prevention, care, support and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS. ARV drugs are now available to more than 10.000 eligible people living with HIV/AIDS who also benefit from other treatment and care. Since 2004, we have been scaling-up Voluntary Counseling Testing (VCT) and increasing referral units for care and services with the aim of establishing units in every district by the end of 2010. There has been an increased emphasis on the education of our youth and the community at large about the disease to avoid stigmatization and discrimination against people affected by HIV/AIDS.

The strong commitment of the Government of Indonesia is stipulated by Presidential Regulation No. 75/2006 which assigns to the National AIDS Commission and its entire vertical structure the responsibilities for coordination of national responses.

In compliance with the above mentioned stipulation, the Commission has expanded its membership to consist of 21 government ministries and agencies, 5 NGOs, and representatives of people living with HIV/AIDS.

The National HIV and AIDS Action Plan 2007-2010 provides the framework for action by the government and its development partners through 2010. The NAC has defined targets for the progressive achievement of Universal Access to HIV prevention, care, support and treatment services as required by the 2001 UNGASS Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS, which was reaffirmed by Indonesia in 2006.

Since then Indonesia has made significant strides in reaching the global targets. In the coming years, the key building blocks to implement the central-level commitment and vision are a national strategic plan for HIV, a ministerial decree ensuring free ARV drugs for all people living with HIV/AIDS, and a policy on the co-infection issues between TB and HIV. These are the tangible plans we have made to deal with the ongoing challenges posed by AIDS in Indonesia.

At this point, I would like to thank all our partners and donors for their strong technical and financial support. Their support is clear evidence of the strong international solidarity influencing and accelerating global efforts to achieve MDG 6 by 2015.

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Indonesia recognizes that the situation unfolding in the country demands more than reaction. We must position ourselves ahead of the curve of disaster to prevent it from happening. To achieve this, we look forward to the continued support of our international partners including the UN system. However, the effectiveness of the UN system in the field would improve significantly if it were to ensure greater coherence and coordination among its agencies dealing with this challenge.

Finally, I hope and urge the forum to come up with clear recommendations and responsible commitments for the fight against HIV and AIDS.


Thank you,


H. E. Dr. Siti Fadilah Supari
Minister of Health, Republic of Indonesia.

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