It is estimated that there were 72,000 new infections in 2012 alone (according to latest figures). Like much of East Asia, injecting drug use is a key driver of the epidemic.
In 2003, five former drug users decided to be part of the solution. They formed Rumah Cemara to support each other and other drug users like them. We've been working with them to provide harm reduction services to people who use drugs. Rumah Cemara also hosts a rehabilitation centre and run peer support groups for people living with HIV who have a history of drug use, as well as drug users in prison.In 2014, following Rumah Cemara’s advocacy, prison authorities in Indonesia approved a pilot prison-based needle exchange programme.
As well as the services they provide directly, Rumah Cemara supports other community organisations working with HIV and drug users with financial and technical support. Since 2011 Rumah Cemara has been directly implementing the Community Action on Harm Reduction project, which aims to expand harm reduction services to more than 180,000 injecting drug users, their partners and children in five countries.
Not only that – they're football crazy! They have taken part in the national street football championship and the homeless world cup, to reduce HIV and drug use stigma across the globe.