Against All Odds: HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among Indigenous Papuans
Pastor Leo prays for an HIV-positive patient with Tuberculosis at Klinik Kalvari. The pastor sole responsibility is to provide spiritual support for every patient before they leave the clinic.
Opened in 2006, Klinik Kalvari has been providing quality care to mostly indigenous Papuans in Wamena and they've helped hundreds of patients in the past. They focus on diseases such as Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and Sexual Transmitted Disease (STD). The clinic offers free Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) for HIV/AIDS and ART (Anti- Retroviral Therapy). Many indigenous Papuans prefer to go to here than the overcrowded government public health clinic due to its quality care and attentive staffs. Nevertheless, the clinic rarely receives government funding and relies mostly on foreign donors to continue opening its doors to provide medical care to those in need.