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.

Pray and Hope in 2013

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CIMG5153Denpasar (5/25/2013), In the afternoon around 18:00 pm Bali Health Foundation (Yakeba) office decorated with air balloons and candles shaped like the red ribbon. The atmosphere in Yakeba office that located at jalan Ciung Wanara IVB number 2 Renon is changed drastically from that usually seen busy with office activities. Apparently at night it Yakeba held AIDS Candlelight Memorial 2013, which was attended by the representatives from among injecting drug users, female sex workers, gays, transsexual and high risk men also attended by the people living with HIV / AIDS (PLHIV) community.

The event opened with remarks from invited representatives of the city Health Department, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) province of Bali, Badung regency PMI and representatives of KSO-ADHI WIKA who happened some time ago a team of Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Transfusion (PMTs) Yakeba conduct outreach to 1200 KSO-ADHI WIKA project labor at Ngurah Rai airport Bali.

“ARV is our right” is the theme at Night Meditations AIDS Nusantara 2013 this time. As we know earlier, Anti Retroviral drugs (ARVs) has become very important for the survival of people living with HIV. This theme is derived from a variety such issues of ARV will not subsidized again by the government and foreign funding of ARV that will expire in 2015. Therefore, PLHIV make petitions to bring up the government to reconsider the plan of free trade ARV and PLHIV commitment to actively participate in the prevention and treatment of HIV / AIDS. To realize this commitment, they ask for government support in the provision of HIV prevention materials such as condoms and sterile needles.

At the peak of the AIDS candlelight Memorial that guided by Rondi from Yakeba, participants sitting around candles lit for contemplation which aims to remember what happened, be it friends, relatives who have been infected with HIV or those who are pass away because of HIV / AIDS. Atmosphere of emotion emanating from the participants that night, “ARV will be exists before HIV vaccine found, if we have to buy ARV the government should sell it at an affordable price” as one of participant contents pray and hope written on a scrap of paper that was flown by air balloons at the end of AIDS Candlelight Memorial 2013.

By: Dony Fauzan