United States Expands Program to Combat Tuberculosis to Jakarta

On January 28 at an event in Jakarta, the U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Kristen Bauer and the provincial government of DKI Jakarta launched the Community Empowerment of People Against Tuberculosis (CEPAT) health program. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the program supports community-based outreach and care for tuberculosis (TB). To increase the number of people who get tested, treated, and cured for TB in Jakarta, the United States supports several Indonesian organizations, including Jaringan Kesehatan/Kesejahteraan Masyarakat (JKM) in Jakarta. The CEPAT program works with communities and local organizations to reach people who live in urban slums, displaced and mobile populations, and people with reduced immunity due to malnourishment or HIV infection. In addition to DKI Jakarta, CEPAT works in West Java, East Java, West Nusa Tenggara, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Papua, and West Papua. This program is another example of how the United States partners with the Government of Indonesia and local governments to reduce the threat of infectious disease and to provide services to reduce preventable deaths.