News from Indonesia

Interesting articles and videos from our partners in Indonesia.


New research on drug treatment in Indonesia

Atma Jaya Catholic University conducted an impressive bio-behavioural survey among those who use crystal meth in Indonesia. They collected information from close to 1,500 people and tested them for HIV, Hepatitis B and C and syphilis. The risks of contracting these infectious diseases were found to be significantly bigger compared to the general population. Read the full report (English) here.

New research on drug treatment in Indonesia

Thousands of heroin users have switched to crystal meth (locally referred to as Shabu) in Indonesia. During a stakeholders’ meeting in Jakarta on 12 September 2017, researchers of three different studies presented their preliminary findings related to recent developments around drug use and drug treatment in Indonesia. Read more

‘Using drugs isn't failure’

Life in Indonesia is tough when you are a drug user, with police chasing you and society judging you. But at community treatment centre PEKA in Bogor, Indonesia, the people unite and work in solidarity to turn their lives around. ‘Everyone is equal, everyone has talent and everyone should be able to participate,’ says director Sam. Read more

Collaboration between two Mainline partner organisations in Indonesia

Harm reduction organisation Karisma and Sex-Workers project OPSI started a collaboration in Jakarta. During the harm reduction pilot for meth users in 2016, Karisma experimented with different peer-driven outreach strategies to establish contact with hidden sub-groups of meth users. Read more

Minister Koenders 4 Harm Reduction!

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs (in white), Mr Bert Koenders, visited Indonesia at the end of March. He met with PKNI: the national network for people who use drugs. Minister Koenders was keen to learn what the current state of affairs is for harm reduction in Indonesia.

PKNI gave him the latest news on needles and syringe programmes in Indonesia, the increased popularity of crystal meth and the absence of services for meth users as well as about the state of opioid-substitution treatment in the country. Minister Koenders expressed a great concern for the increased criminalisation of drug users and other key populations in Indonesia.

According the Minister Koenders:

‘further repression and criminalisation will result in a backlash in HIV and Hepatitis C prevention, care and treatment.

These policies cause drug users to go into hiding, which will only make their societal position and health deteriorate even more’.

Without the right solution for the worldwide drug challenge, we cannot stop HIV
From 19 till 21 April 2016, nearly 200 UN member states came together to discuss the solution for the ‘world drug problem’. Read the interview with Edo, the national coordinator of PKNI, one of Mainlines partners in Indonesia.

We asked him: 'What would be the solution to the ‘world drug problem’?' Edo: The punitive approach must end. The leaders of the world should develop a new strategy that takes into account development, public health and human rights – a humane drug policy.
Read the interview 


Mapping the drug scene in Makassar, Indonesia

During the week of 29 January, Atma Jaya Catholic University in Jakarta, in collaboration with Mainline and local network of People Who Use Drugs (PKNM), assessed the drug scene in Makassar. The special focus is on people who use methamphetamines - Shabu in the local slang. Makassar was identified earlier as one of Indonesia’s cities where many people use Shabu but an estimate of the population size was lacking. During the assessment or ‘mapping’, the team estimated the size of the population that uses Shabu.

In addition, a survey was implemented to understand the risk behaviour of those who use meth. Previous research conducted by Atma Jaya showed increased risks among Shabu users to contract HIV and Hepatitis B and C. Depending on the outcome of the situational assessment, Mainline and PKNM are looking into starting harm reduction services that target the special needs of People Who Use Shabu.

LBHM report Indonesia

The complexities of the rehabilitation system in Indonesia have been analysed by the legal rights institute LBH Masyarakat in Indonesia. The study takes stock of the different drug treatment options and stirs the discussion about accessibility, effectiveness and costs of drug treatment. Read the full report (English) here

Training at Karisma Foundation Indonesia

Early September, Mainline trained the outreach team at Karisma Foundation in Jakarta. Since 2016, Karisma pioneers outreach work for people who use crystal meth, referred to as shabu in street-slang. Harm reduction for stimulant users is in many ways different than harm reduction for injecting opioid users. The training focused on specific elements to take the outreach work to a next level. Read more

Crystal meth: 

Piloting harm reduction for shabu users in Indonesia

Crystal meth is a popular drug in Indonesia. Recent years have seen an increase in the number of people who use meth, locally known under the street name shabu. However, so far, harm reduction services don’t target meth users. Mainline and local partner Karisma started an innovative pilot in Indonesia to change this.
Read more

Read also the Sober Facts report on 'Crystal meth in Indonesia'

Video by PKNI, one of Mainline's partners in Indonesia

Video from PKNI

PKNI is a network organisation of people who use drugs in Indonesia. The organisation actively speaks out against the war on drugs in Indonesia. This video shows the punitive consequences of government’s policy on the community of people who use drugs.

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