The Role of HIV/AIDS Committee at HKBP Balige Hospital in HIV/AIDS Control and Prevention in Toba Samosir, North Sumatera


Martinus Sudianto Tambunan

 

Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sumatera Utara

 

ABSTRACT

Background: There were approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2016. Of these, 2.1 million were children (<15 years old). An estimated 1.8 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2016 about 5,000 new infections per day. This study aimed to evaluate the role of HIV/AIDS committee at HKBP Balige hospital in HIV/AIDS control and prevention in Toba Samosir, North Sumatera.

Subjects and Method: This was a qualitative study conducted at HKBP Balige Hos­pital, Toba Samosir, North Sumatera. Several key informants were selected from HIV/AIDS committee, religious leaders, health practitioners, health pro­mo­tion staff, and people living with HIV/AIDS. The dependent variable was HIV/AIDS control and prevention. The independent variable was HIV/AIDS com­­mittee. The data were collected by in-depth interview, focus group dis­cus­sion, and document review.  The data were analyzed by content analysis.

Results: HIV/AIDS Committee of HKBP Balige had played its important role in se­­veral collaborative initiatives: (1) Socialization of HIV/AIDS control and prevention measures with the assistance of religious groups; (2) Mental and religious coach­ing; (3) Basic HIV and AIDS Counseling; (4) Healthy Life Campaign; (5) HIV/AIDS Mobile Clinics to places with high potential of transmission; (6) Social as­sis­­tance and rehabilitation.

Conclusion: HIV/AIDS Committee of HKBP Balige has played its important role in several collaborative HIV/AIDS control and prevention initiatives in North Sumatera.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS Committee, HIV/AIDS control and prevention.

Correspondence: Martinus Sudianto Tambunan. Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sumatera Utara, North Sumatera. Email: martinusstbn@yahoo.com. Mobile: 08216501r844.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2018.01.42

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