HIV / AIDS Project Update – 28 October, 2011

HIV / AIDS Project Update – 28 October, 2011


Below is an update of Rtn. Ari Murti’s efforts expanding Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua’s HIV / AIDS training of midwives Klungkung Bali.

There continues to be mounting evidence that HIVAIDS is spreading rapidly in the Balinese community, like it is in many other parts of the world. While there are many organizations, including the Indonesian government, that are making attempts to educate and slow down the spread of this disease, the plight of infants born to HIV infected mothers has received less than desirable attention.

The Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua (RCBND), in cooperation with the National AIDS Commission (KPA) of Klungkung Regency, on the 27 -28 October 2011 had training focuses on teaching midwives to identify high potential HIV positive mothers and counsel them about what actions to take to prevent the spread of HIV to their unborn child. In many cases the midwife refers the mother to the Mother To Child Preventive Transmission Center (PMTCT) for blood testing and other counseling. Already 30 midwives have been trained since being opening by the deputy of Klungkung regency in Klungkung, Bali.

The programs are having success and will be an on-going effort by RCBND in 2012 for Bali in terms of deciding the chain of transmission of HIV/AIDS. As we know that the midwives are one of the spear heads to early prevention of transmission of this deathly virus which could undermine the innocent fetus.