Statements and Webcast
H.E. Mr. Agung Laksono, Minister for People's Welfare
9 June 2011
- Statement: English (Check against delivery)
AGUNG LAKSONO, Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare of Indonesia, said the global community must do four things to maintain momentum of efforts to bring the epidemic under control: learn from experience; focus efforts and resources on strategically important interventions; address critical social and human rights issues that reduced access to information and services; and work in broad partnerships, bringing together the knowledge, influence and expertise of all players. He asked whether the global community, which had the necessary knowledge and technology, had the will and courage to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS. Indonesia had worked hard to achieve agreed-upon goals and move towards universal access. It had developed collaborative networks, increased coverage and moved towards sustainability.
He said the Government took pride in the birth of five national networks of key affected populations — HIV-positive women, people living with the virus, survivors of drug use by injection, sex workers, as well as men who have sex with men and transgender persons. In 2010, national expenditures had reached $90 million, with 49 per cent coming from domestic sources and 51 per cent from international sources, primarily the Global Fund. However, there were many challenges ahead, as too many people remained out of reach and unserved, he said. Too many were still victims of ignorance and counterproductive stigma and discrimination. Indonesia had identified three new categories to whom it would direct additional attention: girls and women, who represented the growing proportion of HIV-positive people; high-risk men, millions of whom were in the mobile workforce; and young people aged 15 to 24, who were at risk because of their lifestyles, or their involvement in sex work or drug use by injection. Without increasing prevention and services for such people, it would not be possible to bring the epidemic under control, he warned.