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    West Java Governor Signs the Bandung Declaration: Ending the HIV AIDS Epidemic in Indonesia in 2030


    BANDUNG CITY - West Java (West Java) Governor Ridwan Kamil stated, in order to achieve the 2030 AIDS-free target, the West Java Provincial Government continues to make various efforts.

    Among them, institutional strengthening of district / city AIDS Commissions (KPA), advocacy on HIV / AIDS, mitigation of people with HIV / AIDS (PLWHA), Youth SuperCamp, preparing digital modules for teenagers, counseling, and spiritual cleansing.

    Teraktual, West Java Provincial Government initiated The Indonesian AIDS Conference (iAIDS) 2019 with the theme 'Innovation and Collaboration: The Role of Local Governments in Ending the AIDS Epidemic in 2030' with the West Java KPA which took place 29 November to 1 December 2019 and was officially opened at El Hotel Royale City of Bandung, Friday (11/29/19).

    iAIDS was held as a forum for discussion to formulate Indonesia's efforts, especially Bandung in ending the AIDS epidemic in 2030. The conference was also a collaboration of all local governments and related parties to give birth to good program innovations related to efforts to reduce AIDS rates.

    More than 700 participants attended from all over Indonesia to attend the conference which was filled by 104 speakers from academics, activists, officials and other figures. iAIDS is also a Pentahelix step involving academics, business, community, government, and the media.

    "We want to eradicate, reduce the (AIDS) epidemic in 2030, and hopefully the total disappear in 2045," said West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil while attending the 2019 iAIDS gala dinner at the El Royale Hotel in Bandung, Friday (11/29) night WIB .

    In order to realize this, the governor, who is often called Emil, stressed that his party was ready to move with related institutions to strengthen institutions, actions, and budgets.

    In the gala dinner, Emil together with regional heads in Indonesia or his representatives and a number of related parties signed the 'Bandung Declaration: To End the HIV AIDS Epidemic in Indonesia in 2030'.

    The declaration contains commitments in implementing the 3 Zeroes strategy namely zero new HIV infection (no new HIV rates), zero AIDS-related death (no more AIDS-related deaths), and zero discrimination (no discrimination for PLWHA).

    "This activity (iAIDS) really opens up space for all stakeholders to share knowledge, share experiences, look for opportunities, latest innovations, to be determined (AIDS free) to be achieved," stressed Emil.

    Based on data from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia from 34 provinces and 507 districts / cities that have reported cases of HIV / AIDS regularly and simultaneously every year, the highest recorded number of HIV infection cases is DKI Jakarta (58,877 cases), East Java (48,241), Java West (34,149), Papua (32,629) and Central Java (27,629).

    While most AIDS cases were reported from Papua (22,538 reports), East Java (19,829), Central Java (10,111), DKI Jakarta (9,932), Bali (7,990), and West Java (6,749).

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