News — May 05, 2017

JCI Indonesia: A Nippon Foundation Grantee Story of Impact

During the 2015 JCI World Congress in Kanazawa, Japan, nearly 120 JCI National Organizations endorsed the Nippon Foundation’s 2016 Global Appeal to End Stigma and Discrimination Against Peopled Affected by Leprosy. Beyond bringing awareness to JCI’s young active citizens, the appeal encourages projects to be conducted in countries where leprosy still exists in order to achieve measurable results of impact achieved toward eliminating discrimination. 


JCI Brazil, JCI India, JCI Indonesia and JCI Nigeria have taken this appeal seriously, 

and with the support of the Nippon Foundation these organizations are creatively and passionately bringing awareness to this issue of stigmatization as well as changing the landscape of their countries. 


JCI Indonesia initiated their project by first engaging anthropologists to conduct research visits to the provinces of East Java, East Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi and Banten. These trips helped bring crucial information to light, and is now being used across Indonesia to update stakeholders and advocate for policy and practice changes regarding leprosy. 


During these field visits, research teams discovered a lack of treatment options available to those with the disease, as Indonesia only has three hospitals throughout the entire country focused on treating those affected. They also saw an increase in patients experiencing side effects from the medicine, making it difficult for those patients to see their treatment through. 


These findings offered just a brief glimpse into the conditions faced by individuals with leprosy. JCI Indonesia is currently exploring developing additional projects that will help meet these immediate needs in order to create even greater impact. Additionally, after seeing a need to create awareness of these extreme issues, JCI Indonesia created a documentary, that provides a compassionate, thorough and balanced look at the lives of those affected by leprosy. By creating this documentary, individuals within the community will gain a better understanding in order to begin their advocacy efforts. 


JCI Indonesia has been able to enhance their impact by partnering with several like-minded organizations including the Health Ministry, Social Affairs Ministry, PerMa Ta Foundation, Youth Makassar, several universities and all JCI Local Organizations throughout Indonesia in order to ensure the success of their efforts. 


They completed their research at the end of 2016 and recently finalized their
documentary after receiving feedback on it from those affected by leprosy as well as local stakeholders. They have also created an app that shares their Think Leprosy Now project and provides a way for citizens to learn how they can get involved. 


Watch the shortened-length (10 min) JCI Indonesia Documentary— KUSTA KINI KUSTA NANTI. 


Watch the full-length (30 min) JCI Indonesia Documentary — KUSTA KINI KUSTA NANTI. 


The Nippon Foundation has provided JCI Organizations around the world with the opportunity to take leadership in empowering young active citizens to better understand the challenges of people affected by leprosy face and how to advocate for ending discrimination against them. 


Learn more about the Nippon Foundation and the Global Appeal to End Stigma and Discrimination Against Peopled Affected by Leprosy.

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