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Washington University in St. Louis

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Spring 2011

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Indonesia: Arts, Religion and Social Change


The first objective of this study is to research the history of HIV and AIDS and take it into the context of Indonesia. How did the AIDS epidemic spread from Africa to the U.S. to parts of Asia and eventually specifically to Indonesia? What are the different factors that caused the development of the epidemic in Indonesia? Statistics of HIV cases and deaths caused by AIDS should be used in supporting the research. The second objective is to research and study the present day issues related to the AIDS epidemic. What are the different factors that keep the AIDS epidemic growing in Indonesia? What are the hindrances in fighting against AIDS in Indonesia? Who are the people affected most? How does the society embrace those who suffer from HIV? Since Indonesia is a heavily religiously influenced country, what role does religion play in the AIDS epidemic? What does the life of an HIV+ patient look like? What are the treatments and services available to those living with HIV? Interviews should be an effective means to gather answers to these questions because they can provide a real picture of the negative effects caused by the AIDS epidemic. The third objective is to propose at least one solution to resolve the AIDS epidemic based on the analysis of the current condition. First, research will be done to find what is already being done right now in Indonesia to fight the AIDS epidemic. What are the services available? How many people and what kinds of people are receiving proper treatment? How do the society, family, and friends support those who are living with HIV or dying from AIDS? What role does the media play in the epidemic? What role does the government play in the epidemic? Is sex education available? What can be done in order to lower the number of cases of HIV? Secondly, what is the level of effectiveness if there are already works underway in fighting against HIV and AIDS? Evaluation of the currently available programs can lead to possibilities of improvement for the future. In addition to researching, studying, and hopefully answering all the questions mentioned above, construction of creative art projects will be included. I am partnering with the Indonesia Planned Parenthood Association (IPPA), also known as Pelopor Keluarga Berencana di Indonesia (PKBI) in Indonesian, to work on different creative media projects to help bring awareness to their program as well as the growing AIDS epidemic in Indonesia. All the finished products will be used to help Centra Mitra Muda (CMM), the youth center of PKBI. Items as part of the creative media projects include: • Creation of a website for CMM • Design for a billboard that will be hang outside of CMM • Design for posters that will be posted in elementary and high schools • Design for pamphlets • Design for stickers • Design for ID cards for volunteers Methods


Asian Studies | Civic and Community Engagement | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Family, Life Course, and Society | Health Policy | Inequality and Stratification | Medicine and Health | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion



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