Indonesian Business Coalition on AIDS (IBCA) is an organization aimed to help companies in Indonesia to create a smart work environment in response to HIV epidemic. As a result, companies are able to avoid the impact of HIV and AIDS, such as decreasing productivity, losing valuable company asset and rising expenditures employees and their family’s treatments.
Supported by professionals, IBCA will not only assist company members to implement “HIV Smart Workplace Program“ but IBCA will help monitor and evaluate HIV preventing programs, so that these programs can be sustainable in the long run. HIV issue has become part of an occupational health and safety (K3) element in company. In accordance with the decision of the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration no.68/MEN/IV/2004 companies are obligated to carry out efforts in HIV and AIDS prevention in the workplace. Many IBCA members who have successfully implemented “HIV Smart Workplace Program” received awards from the Indonesian government and international organizations for their success in implementing HIV prevention program in the workplace.
Since the discovery of the first HIV cases in Indonesia in 1987, the growth of new HIV and AIDS cases in Indonesia have been exponentially increased. In 2013 the number of new HIV cases in Indonesia has reached more than 30,000, where 70 percent of them comes from the productive age group, which is25 – 49years old). As a result, this will have a significant impact on the survival of the business in Indonesia. The new cases come from businessmen, ordinary employees, managerial level employees and also decision maker (Top Level Management).
Imagine if this problem is not immediately and collectively resolved, many businesses in Indonesia will face shortage of human resources, declining productivity, increasing cost of recruitment and many other things that can interfere with company stability similar to what happened in South Africa ten years ago.
Companies that are considered to be very prone to HIV infection are companies that employ more male workers than female workers and frequently send their employees to remote sites far from their family. We categorize these types of employees as 3M “Mobile Men with Money”.
It is natural businesses are starting to realize that workplace is an appropriate place in preventing the risk of HIV and AIDS. Because at work, workers do not only work, but they also exchange information that includes information on the HIV and AIDS prevention.