Research Topic: Appropriating Test and Treat - an ethnography of HIV test and treat practice in decentralised urban Indonesia
Supervisors: A/Prof Christy Newman, Dr Stephen Bell
Enrolled: The Kirby Institute
Additional Supervisor: Dr Bradley Mathers
Elan earned a bachelor degree in Cultural Anthropology at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia and MA in Anthropology of Media at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. Before coming to UNSW, she worked as a researcher in Centre for Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Cultural Sciences in Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral degree at The Kirby Institute, supervised by Dr Stephen Bell and Dr Bradley Mathers, and is jointly supervised by Dr Christy Newman at the Centre for Social Research in Health.
Under the now globalised ‘Test & Treat’ strategy, clients are expected to learn ways of disciplining their bodies to prevent themselves becoming infected and then infecting others with HIV. Health practitioners and policy makers involved in HIV test and treatment programs are expected to develop effective strategies for (re)producing and distributing this knowledge on the ground. There is a need to better understand how a global health strategy such as Test & Treat is translated in practice within local health services, as well as how it is understood and enacted by clients.
The primary objective of this study is to understand how a global HIV intervention strategy is being adopted and refashioned at national and local levels, by clinics and clients, through a case study of current HIV treatment in Indonesia. This study proposes to use an ethnographic approach that will integrate different methods of data collection, including observation, in-depth interviews and group discussion as well as archival work.