|Yanti Susanti, ALAF delegate, speaking
at the ALAF Program launch at AFAO
The delegates are being hosted by AFAO with funding support through the AusAID Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships (ALAF) program.
ALAF delegates are drawn from the National AIDS Commission (NAC), district and provincial AIDS Commissions, the Ministry of Health and two leading non-government organisations: GWL-INA - Indonesia's national network of gay men, waria (transgender people) and men who have sex with men (MSM), and the Gessang Foundation.
The AFAO/ALAF program aims to strengthen Indonesia’s national capacity to develop, manage and support HIV prevention, care, support and treatment programs for MSM and waria communities. During their five-week stay in Australia, program participants will take part in facilitated discussions and presentations, visit key HIV organisations in Sydney and Melbourne and undertake community-based work placements.
|L-R: Pipiet Laksmono, ALAF delegate |
and Dr Limin Mao, National
Centre in HIV Social Research
Some of the program participants, including Pipiet Laksmono (pictured right), are blogging about their experiences on the GWL-INA website. The website is in Bahasa Indonesian; you can access a reasonable English translation of the site via google translate here.