Against All Odds: HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among Indigenous Papuans.
Women from Pugima, a village in the Baliem Valley, are seen walking home. Only vehicles with 4-wheel drive could navigate through the difficult terrain.
Rough terrain, lack of transportation means, and the high cost of fuel and transportation are some of the biggest obstacles for people with HIV/AIDS to overcome in order to reach health facilities to get necessary care and medication. Most Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) clinics and ARV medication are available only in cities that are hundreds of miles away from villages.