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    Geliat Airlangga, international partners evaluate Triple Elimination Program

    Geliat Airlangga, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted monitoring and evaluation of the Triple Elimination Program in three health centers (Puskesmas) in Surabaya. The event was conducted in Puskesmas Sememi, Puskesmas Kedungdoro, and Mahameru Foundation on July 21, 2023.

    Collaboration

    The visit is a collaborative attempt to eliminate three infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, syphilis, and hepatitis B. The representatives from Geliat Airlangga, UNICEF, UNAIDS, and WHO visited the health centers to monitor and evaluate the program.

    The representatives are Prof Dr Nyoman Anita Damayanti Drg MS from Geliat Airlangga, Joel Renstrom from UNAIDS, Dr Armunanto from UNICEF, and Dr Kemmy Ampera Purnamawati from WHO. They visited Puskesmas Sememi for the first stop, where they saw medical staff and health workers who have worked hard to prevent, detect, and treat HIV/AIDS. The HIV/AIDS prevention program has played a crucial role in reducing the rate of new infections and improving access to treatment services for HIV patients.

    “We are committed to continuing our collaboration with the government and organizations. The Triple Elimination Program is an attempt to achieve our shared goals in improving public health,” Dr Kemmy said.

    Their next stop was Puskesmas Kedungdoro which also conducted the triple elimination program. The statistics were presented to see the general conditions of the community regarding the program.

    Lastly, they visited the Mahameru Foundation Surabaya, a non-governmental organization that focuses in supporting people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). They discussed the challenges and progress in HIV treatment with the PLWHA and the health workers. The foundation’s role in providing social support and timely treatment has helped many patients in their healing process and in preventing the spread of the disease.

    “Prevention is the key to addressing HIV. We support the attempts to raise public awareness about the transmission and prevention of HIV. Our goal is to achieve zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths,” Joel Renstrom said.

    Appreciation

    Geliat Airlangga, UNICEF, UNAIDS, and WHO highly appreciate the hard work and dedication of all parties for the Triple Elimination program. This cross-agency collaboration serves as a real example of joint efforts to achieve significant outcomes in eliminating infectious diseases and improving public health.

    The representatives are pledged to provide support and necessary resources to strengthen the Triple Elimination program in Surabaya and East Java. Their goal is to further enhance the effectiveness of the program and make a significant impact in combatting infectious diseases in the region.