Aidsfonds – Tanya Marlo

©Tanya Marlo

Each year, 32,000 new HIV infections are registered in Indonesia, and more than half are people aged 15-24. Officially, sexual healthcare is forbidden for those who aren’t married, or are below 21 years of age – and violence against the LGBTQlA+ people has increased tremendously in recent years. At the same time, only 26% of people with HIV receive lifesaving treatment.

The Tanya Marlo project works to reach young people and stop the increasing HIV epidemic in Indonesia, working to ensure that young people and minority groups who are most vulnerable can easily access information, counseling and lifesaving care and take control over their health. Sexual health care in clinics is often denied to young people and members of the LGBTQI+ community: Aidsfonds aims to bridge the difficulties in accessing sexual and reproductive health information and products in Indonesia. 

It is driven by Aidsfonds, a global player in the field of HIV/AID: Aidsfonds has over 100 years of expertise in reducing STls in the Netherlands and 35 years in the international AIDS response. Their efforts are focused on those affected by stigma and discrimination such as adolescents, young people, women and children, members of the LGBTQlA+ community, sex workers and people who use drugs.  

What we do

Users are linked to a hotline service where they can chat with trained counsellors who provide in-formation, support and referral to services in cities throughout Indonesia – using tools including a web-based platform and chatbot serve as accessible entry points to provide tailored, youth-friendly, quality information using the Stepped Care Model for Sexual Health developed by Aidsfonds. The Tanya Marlo website also provides a service directory for test and treatment. To increase reach and impact, the Tanya Marlo team co-creates content together with local partners and young people, linking audiences with the services they need. 

How we deliver

The partnership works to:

  • Deliver extensive, updated, non-judgemental and sex-positive HIV- and Sexual and Reproductive Health Resources (SRHR) and services via the Tanya Marlo platforms and raise awareness among youth via social media. 
  • Provide consultation via a hotline service and empower youth to seek services and treatment in a health facility. 
  • Increase the reach and impact by building a coalition of (digital) health partners, including links with more youth-and LGBTQI+-friendly health facilities. 
©Tanya Marlo

To empower young people accessing sexual and reproductive health services, Aidsfonds has developed the Stepped Care Model for Sexual Health. Discover how the model brings together multiple stakeholders and services under one trusted, youth-friendly brand – so that young people can find SRHR information and services tailored to their needs, just the way they like it.