Jakarta, Indonesia, 11 March 2020 – Fullerton Health Indonesia (FHI) joined President Joko Widodo in the Ministry of Health’s launch event “Gerakan Bersama Menuju Eliminasi TBC 2030” (Elimination of Tuberculosis 2030) in Indonesia on 29 January 2020. The event was held in West Java, where FHI staff screened factory workers across 12 factories.
Indonesia is the second highest burden country in the world for tuberculosis (TB), and TB is the fourth largest cause of death in the country. There are about one million people in Indonesia who are infected with TB every year. With treatment, TB is curable, and that is why Fullerton Health advocates to help its communities screen for TB and provide access to treatment.
FHI has been active in TB screening since early 2018. Partnering with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, an international organisation based in Geneva, FHI has been involved in serving the underserved communities across some of the major provinces in Indonesia, including Java, Sulawesi, Bali, and Kalimantan. FHI has covered a total of 278,075 people across factories, city slums, prisons, boarding schools and rural villages in the area of TB screening.
In January 2020, Fullerton Health, together with the World Economic Forum, Stop TB Partnership, the Global Fund, Johnson & Johnson and Philips, launched the “Ending Workplace TB” initiative at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
FHI is currently involved in rolling out the Workplace TB education and screening programme in partnership with Yayasan KNCV and supported by Stop TB Partnership, a UN organisation which aims to eliminate TB as a public health problem. It hopes to cover 150,000 factory workers in 250 factories in Jakarta. Any factories in the districts of North Jakarta, East Jakarta, and South Tangerang interested in being part of the free screening programme are welcome to contact FHI.
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FHI team at the launch event of Gerakan Bersama Menuju Eliminasi TBC 2030, assisting to screen factory workers
A team welfie with President Joko Widodo at Gerakan Bersama Menuju Eliminasi TBC 2030
Conducting TB screening for residents in Sulawesi, Indonesia, for Tantang Tuberculosis Project (1)
Conducting TB screening for residents in Sulawesi, Indonesia, for Tantang Tuberculosis Project (2)