Samsuridjal Djauzi

Ashoka Fellow
Indonesia,
Fellow Since 2012
Yayasan Pelita Ilmu

Citation

This profile was prepared when Samsuridjal Djauzi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
The New Idea
Since the 1980s, Samsuridjal has engaged with the HIV+ community: teenagers, teachers and schools, medical students, doctors and health providers, policymakers, pharmaceutical companies, health posts and hospitals in Indonesia.

Samsuridjal realized that young people had little knowledge about HIV/AIDS were at the highest risk for it. He developed a shared-information system in reproductive health among students. To reduce their risk, Samsuridjal equipped them with life skills to make more informed choices and influence their peers. Through the endeavor, he cultivated student peer counselors to do outreach programs. Currently, hundreds of high schools in Jakarta and other cities across Indonesia are replicating the model. At the grassroots level, Samsuridjal develops curriculum on community-based prevention of mother-to-child transmission, which he began in Jakarta. Over years the program has been replicated by different organizations in six provinces: Banten, West, Central and East Java, South Sulawesi, and Papua. He also developed workshops which function as the center of HIV/AIDS education where People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWA) gain community support. Through voluntary activities, the workshop has given birth to the HIV support group initiated by the late Ashoka Fellow Suzana Murni.

Along with public education and community support as prevention measures, in 1984 Samsuridjal co-founded an AIDS medical working group involving RSCM Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia. He developed safety protocols and provided training for medical professionals, as part of his advocacy attempt for the acceptance of AIDS patients in hospitals. Now, almost every hospital accepts patients with HIV/AIDS and is able to conduct surgeries when necessary. Many doctors have also become capable in diagnosis, as indicated by 70 percent of HIV/AIDS patients in Jakarta going to the hospital for treatment after being referred by a general practioner or specialist. Samsuridjal also advocated for free ARV (antiretroviral) therapy, since most of PLWA cannot afford the treatment. Over five years of continuous efforts, he has been successful in making the ARV generically produced by a local pharmaceutical company, and provided for free by working with the government and the World Health Organization (WHO). To date, subsidized ARV therapy has assisted around 4,500 people.

As the disease grows and spreads, around 60 percent of PLWA in Jakarta have Hepatitis C co-infection and 18 percent Hepatitis B co-infection. Therefore, Samsuridjal is committed to enhance prevention measures and use treatment as HIV prevention, so that the hepatitis virus test would be used as a gateway to reach the goal of testing more people for HIV. His future goals involve fighting for Hepatitis (B and C) drugs and test kits that are more affordable.
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