12/23/2015 - News
Total Supports the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Intervention Program
Not only compiling the program to make the work environment free of HIV/AIDS, but also educating the public so that they can protect themselves from this deadly virus and syndrome.
Based on the 2013–2014 data of the Health Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia, the biggest contributor of the HIV/AIDS in Indonesia comes from the productive 25-45 year age group. It is feared if HIV/AIDS spreads widely among the worker community, it can create negative impacts, including the weakening of human resources, lost times that can reduce productivity.
To combat and prevent things related to HIV/AIDS within the workplace, Total E&P Indonesie (TEPI), as the biggest natural gas producer in Indonesia, with gas production of 1.761 Bcf/d, supported by SKK Migas, gives a special attention to this matter. TEPI recognizes the importance of the workplace role in minimizing the spread of HIV/AIDS. This program also contributes to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and supports the National HIV/AIDS Intervention Program.
TEPI’s program are designed to give information on HIV/AIDS risks, prevention, impacts, treatment and care, and ensure TEPI’s work sites are free of discrimination and prejudice against persons with HIV/AIDS. With around 20,000 workers (permanent and contractors) with high mobility, TEPI has formed an internal team, TEPI–Task Force HIV/AIDS since August 2004, aimed at mitigating or minimizing the spread of HIV/AIDS within the company.
Special Team Establishment
There have been several stages after the establishment of this Task Force HIV/AIDS, among others advocacy, Training of Trainers (TOT), program planning, communication campaign, until personnel education. In 2015 there are several major programs implemented by TEPI and Team Task Force HIV/AIDS, e.g. providing HIV/AIDS information services to all stakeholders, including the management, workers, and external parties. In addition, it also empowers and continues the HIV/AIDS programs thru Peer Educators, continues the Information Communication and Education (KIE), continues risky behavior survey to workers, and continues the HIV/AIDS prevention program with the related entities, both internal and external.
Currently TEPI has around 60 HIV/AIDS peer educators covering Balikpapan office, Senipah Site (SPS), Handil (HDL), Central Processing Area (CPA), Central Processing Unit (CPU), South Processing Unit (SPU), North Processing Unit (NPU), and Jakarta office. Since the establishment of peer educators and Task Force Team, more than 5000 workers in TEPI have attended the dissemination of HIV/AIDS information sessions. In 2013, TEPI’s Team Task Force HIV/AIDS published a handbook for the workers entitled Aku Bangga Aku Tahu (I am proud I know), coinciding with the commemoration of World Aids Day.
Not only in its operational areas, has TEPI also participated in educating the community on HIV/AIDS, particularly in the surrounding areas of its operational sites, in East Kalimantan. Thru Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, TEPI campaigns the HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention. In 2009, TEPI participated in the establishment of Regional AIDS Intervention Commission of Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan. In 2010, in collaboration with Health Services of Kutai Kartanegara District and Puskesmas (Public Health Center) of Sungai Meriam, Anggana Sub-District, TEPI launched HIV/AIDS prevention and illegal drug abuse campaigns for young generation. The campaigns were also conducted in Balikpapan streets, in collaboration with Health Services, Regional AIDS Prevention Commission, and Family Planning Association of Indonesia. “HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention campaigns have been conducted since 2010, and will be continued with various programs thru mentoring given to female students in Samarinda,” explained dr. Eko Susetyo Kuspradiyanto, The Leader of TEPI’s HIV/AIDS Prevention and Intervention Task Force.
HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention campaigns in senior high schools have been frequently conducted since 2009, in several areas, such as Anggana Sub-District, Muara Jawa Sub-District, Samboja Sub-District of Kutai Kartanegara, Balikpapan, and Samarinda. And, since 2012, TEPI has launched campaigns in various universities and colleges, one of which is in Engineering Faculty of Mulawarman University.
In implementing the HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention campaign program, TEPI successfully got several awards, among others Silver category recognition award from the National AIDS Intervention Commission (2006), Gold category recognition award from Manpower & Transmigration Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia (2010), Recognition award from the Governor of East Kalimantan for its program to prevent HIV/AIDS in the workplace (2012-2014), and Platinum category – the highest category – from Manpower & Transmigration Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia, five years in a row from 2011 until 2015.