My name is Ari, from Indonesia. As you may aware of, people in my country have just voted in the Election Day to elect legislative/parliament members, at national and sub-national levels. We will have another election to vote for the next President of this country in July 09.
There is a concern, and also hope, from the HIV AIDS Community in Indonesia related to this situation. From our experiences, new government and parliament means that new approaches need to be undertaken to ensure that the current AIDS response will be sustainable, and hopefully be strengthened to ensure that prevention and care & support services are in place for those in need.
I’m sure that among the members of the AIDS Competence, there are people who have experienced in conducting activities in related to HIV AIDS advocacy to the parliament members. My questions are:
- Are there any experiences that you can share on how to engage the parliament members in the AIDS response?
- What roles can the parliament members take in the national HIV AIDS response?
- How to ensure that support from parliament is sustainable and strengthened through the changes of its members every five years?
Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge and experiences.