Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya


Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya



Najmah, Asmaripa Ainy, Elvi Sunarsih, Melanie Boursnell


Public Health Faculty, Sriwijaya University


Objectives: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) are worldwide public health issues. The spread of HIV/AIDS in high-risk groups has been very rapid. This paper reports on a small-scale project to investigate attitudes to prevention and treatment programs for HIV/AIDS in South Sumatra, Indonesia. This is important as there is a dearth of information about the number, type and spread of programs in the region. Whilst it is known anecdotally that programs have been implemented in various health sectors HIV/AIDS rates continue to increase in this area.

Methods: This study descriptive study gathered exploratory information about the number and nature of implementation of programs for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in the South Sumatra province. The data consists of qualitative interviews with six key informants and secondary health data from the agencies.

Results: Results indicate that Palembang has the highest HIV/AIDS cases compared city in South Sumatera and most cases are in productive age group (20-29 years old). Furthermore, more HIV/AIDS cases are detected when the agencies are able to gain adequate funding and also have opportunities to engage in collaborative working practices. Barriers apparent in this study to reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS in this area appear to be related to lack of funding and limited prevention programs.

Conclusion: Smart investment on HIV/AIDS programs will lead to a big savings in next decades. The government should start not to depend with overseas funding in preventing HIV/AIDS in South Sumatera.