Joyce Djailani Gordon
This profile was prepared when Joyce Djailani Gordon was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Through her extensive work with young people, reproductive health, and AIDS prevention, Joyce observed that young drug users in Indonesia represent one of the most high-risk communities for rapid transmission of HIV. She has worked hard to get to know and understand this group and the myriad problems they face both in striving to overcome their addiction and in trying to combat the spread of infectious diseases. She learned that in Indonesia drug abuse was more effectively addressed in the context of families and communities. To aid abusers in overcoming addiction, and curb the spread of HIV, Joyce has created the first integrated and holistic recovery program that includes aftercare to help young men and women who have been drug users and their families be involved in prevention, public education, and rehabilitation efforts. She creates circles of influence, while raising awareness at a national level, and helps people to see that HIV is not simply a problem of one marginal group.