The Indramayu District in West Java is considered one of the main sending areas of female migrants as domestic workers and sex workers in Indonesia. Informal statistics showed that most areas of prostitution in Indonesia have high numbers of sex workers from Indramayu, in particular the Bongas sub district, which had the highest number of young sex workers working in the Jakarta entertainment industry. YKB also noted growing adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) problems in the district, with higher teenage pregnancy and increasing HIV prevalence in young people reported by the District Health Office. Even though girls/young women are more vulnerable to becoming victims of human trafficking and related SRH risks, boys/ young men are also exposed to SRH risks by practicing unsafe sexual activities. As a result, in the Bongas area, the prevalence of STIs among male youth is higher compared to national statistics. SRH problems among male youth are highly associated with low SRH knowledge.
YKB was established in 1980 and is committed to raising awareness of the general public and the further education of health care professionals. YKB focuses on RH services, including family planning, maternal-child health (MCH) care, adolescent health and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDs. It has evolved from providing community health services to conducting research and providing technical assistance to national and international organizations. It serves as a consultant for the Ministry of Health and the National Family Planning Coordinating Board, and is a flagship for SRH education in Indonesia. In 2003, YKB opened an informal junior high school in Indramayu, which is now recognized by the government, to provide at-risk girls with education. As high numbers of sex workers in Indonesia come from Indramayu, YKB got involved in trafficking prevention programs. From 2003 to 2011, YKB led the Child Sex Worker Prevention Program supported by an international donor. From 2005 on, YKB collaborated with international donors and organizations on the Indonesia Acts (Indonesia Anti Child Trafficking) Program implementing a community-based program to prevent child trafficking in Bongas sub district.
EMpower’s 4th grant to YKB will enable 1,110 at-risk youth in Indramayu (Bongas) to receive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education in schools and communities. The program will strengthen above all the community-based component for hard-to-reach youth, equip them with SRH information and offer more regular mobile voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) services. A SRH campaign via social media will be continued.
Primary Location: Jakarta
Funded Since: 2015
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