Established in 1999, Bali Health Foundation, also referred to as Yakeba, is a non-governmental organization with a focus on public health issues. The primary purpose of the organization is to provide outreach and support for individuals in Bali who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction.

Behavior Changes Communication

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Badung, 5/11/2012. Rumah Cemara as partners of Yakeba (Bali Health Foundation) was conducting a training Behavior Changes Communications (BCC), this activities was support by the International HIV-AIDS Alliance, the event was held at the Bintang Hotel Kuta, on 5th until 9th of November 2012.

The participants were come from several countries, like from: China, Malaysia, Kenya and Indonesia as participants and also be the local committee for the training event. This activity is carried out for organizations that run the Harm Reduction program in each country. Yakeba itself has been run Harm Reduction program since 2004 and stop on 2010 because of lack of support. And now the Harm Reduction program is run again and was supported by HIV and AIDS Alliance through Rumah Cemara since March 2012.

Why BCC training? Because BCC is a communication concept for outreach workers to provide information to the drugs user or injecting drug users in a good and effective way so the expectation for this tools is to accommodate the needs from the beneficiaries. Because so far we found that still happen in the field that incorrect strategy in communication between outreach worker and drugs user community in providing information and assistance while referral client related with behavior change.

In The BCC training they have 4 main theories and the method is being used, like: 1) Health Belief Model (model health beliefs), 2) the AIDS Risk Reduction Model (model aids risk reduction), 3) Stages of Change (stages of change), and 4) Theory of reasoned Action (theory of reasoned action).

After receiving the training, the outreach workers then the next step that they must deliver the knowledge to the drugs user community in their areas. Yakeba themselves having Harm Reduction program, Prevention of Sexual Transmission and mentoring through people infected with HIV, it is definitely very useful for outreach workers and buddies for people who affected HIV.

Then BCC is very useful for non-governmental organizations, this tools can be a tool to be agents of change in the high risk community like injecting drug users and unprotected.  If it not us who will be do the things to make changes in our community and society in HIV & AIDS.

By, Novian / IDU HIV Counselor in Yakeba