Our partners in Indonesia

We proudly present our four partners in Indonesia: PEKA, LBHM, Atma Jaya and PKNI.

1. Rumah Singgah PEKA:
improving quality of life

Rumah Singgah PEKA (PEKA), a community based organisation in Bogor - Java, offers community treatment to people who use drugs. Their approach is unique:

  • Set your own goals: Residents at the Bogor centre set their own goals for their stay at PEKA.
    They decide for themselves whether they want to gain more self-control over their drug use, whether they want to stabilise their life with the help of opioid substitutes or whether they want to strive towards full abstinence. The overarching goal is always to improve quality of life.
  • Quality of life: Results are measured with the quality of life scales of the WHO.
  • Self development: People at PEKA are free to leave the premises whenever they want, they determine their own house rules and they find ways to make themselves useful for the community according to their individual talents.

Mainline supports PEKA to document their method. This description can be used to help other community treatment centres on their way and to set-up a long term study in order to measure the success of the method.

2. LBHM: obligation to report

Together with one of the leading human rights organisations in Indonesia, Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Masyarakat (LBH Masyarakat), Mainline started a survey in 2015 to look into the ‘obligation to report’.

This legislation requires all people who use drugs to report and enter treatment for their drug use. The regulation is contested.

Mainline wondered what the obligation to report is really all about. What sort of treatment is offered? Is it one size fits all? And do people benefit from this system or is there a serious need for a revision of the system?

Mainline supports LBH Masyarakat to look into the effectiveness of the obligation to report and to see whether there are any human rights violations caused by this system that need to be addressed. Our partners in Indonesia will use the findings to advocate for better treatment and access to healthcare at the national and regional level.

3. Atma Jaya:
HIV-risks among people who smoke crystal-meth

Together with the Katholic University in Jakarta, Atma Jaya, Mainline researches the HIV risks that are associated with the use of crystal-methamphetamines. Although most crystal-meth users prefer to smoke their drug instead of injecting it, a small body of research shows that there are increased risks of contracting HIV among this group. These risks are related to sexual risk-taking behaviour.

Crystal meth can increase sexual appetite and is often used in a sexual setting. The substance is popular among sex workers, but also among various other groups such as students, mine workers, housewives and people who work night shifts.

The first part of our collaboration with Atma Jaya includes a qualitative study into (health) risk behaviours associated with crystal-meth. The aim of the study is to obtain a better understanding on the structural, interpersonal and personal factors related to the patterns of crystal-meth use in Indonesia.

It is Mainline’s ambition to add a second, quantitative phase to this research in 2016 (under Bridging the Gaps 2), which would include testing for HIV.

4. PKNI: improving legal aid

The Indonesian network of People who Use Drugs have successfully set up a network of paralegals that can support PWUDs who are arrested. The Indonesian laws on drug possession have changed, but the implementation of these laws is faltering.

Moreover, the legal aid institutions refuse to provide legal support to people who use drugs most of the time. A peer network of paralegals jumps into this gap and offers support to individuals after arrest and during the entire process from arrest to pre-trial to conviction or diversion. In this way, they make sure that the right to legal aid and right to the health of people who use drugs are met during a legal case.

In addition to handling individual cases, the paralegal network works together with other legal aid institutions to provide community legal education. They actively raise awareness about new policies to divert drug-related court cases.

It is expected that Global Funds will take up this community empowering model for all key populations in Indonesia in the coming years. PKNI’s aim is to expand the legal assistance by paralegals to more districts and to work closely with harm reduction organisations to integrate paralegal support in the harm reduction programmes across the country. Together with the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) Mainline is determined to continue support for this important work.

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Our work in Indonesia

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Contact project leader Indonesia: Hatun Eksen

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