For Immediate Release
JAKARTA – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director Derrick Brown and Indonesian Ministry of Health Director General Dr Tjandra Yoga Aditama launched USAID’s $12 million Community Empowerment of People Against Tuberculosis (CEPAT) health program. The CEPAT program supports the Government of Indonesia’s efforts to combat Tuberculosis (TB) and increase access to early and effective TB diagnosis and treatment.
“On behalf of the American people, USAID works with the Ministry of Health, Indonesian organizations, and local communities to combat Tuberculosis,” said USAID Deputy Mission Director Derrick Brown. “Together with our partners, we will work to achieve universal access to early Tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment to save lives. More people with symptoms need testing and support to complete their treatment and be cured.”
The CEPAT program will work in North Sumatra, West Sumatera, Banten, DKI Jaya, West Java, East Java, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Papua and West Papua. CEPAT targets people who are most vulnerable to TB, such as those who live in urban slums, displaced and mobile populations, the uninsured, and people with reduced immunity due to malnourishment or HIV infection.
USAID’s CEPT program was designed in close collaboration with the National Tuberculosis Program and will be implemented by three Indonesian partner organizations: Lembaga Kesehatan Nadhlatul Ulama (LKNU), Jaringan Kesehatan Masyarakat (JKM), and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Timika (RCD).
Earlier this year, USAID recognized Indonesia’s global leadership in the fight against TB in ceremonies in Washington D.C and Jakarta, and Indonesia is on track to achieve its Millennium Development Goals for TB. Yet this progress needs to be accelerated, as Indonesia remains among the top five TB countries globally. There are about 450,000 new TB cases and 65,000 TB-related deaths in Indonesia every year. Multi-drug resistant strains of TB are on the rise and many TB are diagnosed late, or go undetected.
USAID partners with the Government of Indonesia and local governments to reduce the threat of infectious disease and to provide services to reduce preventable deaths. Our support for TB is an important component of our overall partnership with the Government of Indonesia in health and is included in the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, a commitment made by Presidents Obama and Yudhoyono to broaden, deepen and elevate bilateral relations between the United States and Indonesia.
Last updated: September 15, 2013