Preventing HIV/AIDS in the Workplace in Indonesia: The Partnership of PT Gajah Tunggal and YKB
2009 | Download
“Indonesia faces the looming threat of a major epidemic” of HIV/AIDS, according to the United Nations Development Fund. PT Gajah Tunggal Tbk (GT), the largest integrated tire producer in South-East Asia, and Yayasan Kusuma Buana (YKB), an Indonesian health organization, have partnered to educate and train the company’s more than 10,000 factory workers in HIV/AIDS prevention.
The campaign began in 2003, and is based on peer education with small groups of workers, of whom 94 percent are men. The partnership is also reaching out to nearby communities with HIV/AIDS prevention education. Within five years, the campaign on HIV/AIDS prevention education and training has reached all of the more than 10,500 GT factory employees. The campaign is also educating nearby communities with support from Muslim clerics and other community leaders.
This campaign in the world’s largest Muslim nation has attracted international attention. Partners have traveled to Egypt at the invitation of UNAIDS to provide information about their program, and for the last three years they have demonstrated their approach to NGO visitors from many developing countries.
About this Case Study
This is one in a series of case studies based on presentations by partners at sessions of the Health and Business Roundtable Indonesia (HBRI). HBRI is an activity of Company Community Partnerships for Health in Indonesia (CCPHI), a project led by the Public Health Institute, implemented in partnership with The Fund for Peace, and funded by the Ford Foundation. This case study is based on presentations by Catharina Widjaja, GT Partnership with YKB in Combating HIV/AIDS and Dr. Adi Sasongko, YKB Partnership with PT Gajah Tunggal to Prevent AIDS in the Workplace at the 4th Session of the Health and Business Roundtable Indonesia, an activity of the CCPHI project, funded by the Ford Foundation. The case study was prepared by Dr. Alene H. Gelbard, CCPHI project director, in consultation with Ms. Widjaja and Dr. Sasongko.