Journal article

Understanding the challenges faced in community-based outreach programs aimed at men who have sex with men in urban Indonesia

Benjamin Hegarty, Sandeep Nanwani, Ignatius Praptoraharjo

Sexual Health | CSIRO Publishing | Published : 2020


Background: Community-based outreach programs play an important role in the provision of HIV testing, treatment and health care for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Indonesia. However, qualitative studies of community-based HIV programs have mostly focused on clients rather than on outreach workers (OW). The experiences of MSM peer OW provide insights into how to extend and improve community involvement in HIV programs in Indonesia. Methods: This is a qualitative study based on focus group discussions, which brought together MSM OW (n = 14) and healthcare workers (n = 12). This approach facilitated documentation of the challenges associated with community-based outreach programs in Indon..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Australian National University Indonesia Project Research Grants, administered by the SMERU Research Institute in Indonesia. The University of Melbourne, through the Faculty of Arts Indonesia Initiative, provided support to Ignatius Praptoraharjo. The Melbourne Law School, through its Indonesian Democracy Hallmark Research Initiative (IDeHaRI), provided support to Sandeep Nanwani. We are grateful to all of the participants in the focus group discussions, Asti Widihastuti, and Yayasan Pesona Jakarta for their engagement and support. We are also grateful to two anonymous reviewers for Sexual Health whose comments helped to strengthen and refine this article.