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The hospital specifically for Hiv-Aids (Controversial topic)

[dropcap style=”flat”]T[/dropcap]he most affecting news story a few days ago was that one of provinces in Indonesia would build the HIV-AIDS hospital. Honestly this news directly made volunteers combating HIV-AIDS and Buddies (Volunteers who work to advocate HIV-AIDS Victims) was shocked. It becomes more difficult to achieve the goal of combating HIV-AIDS program especially in CST (Care and Support Treatment) for human living with HIV.

Saivol Virdaus

Stigma and discrimination will increase because of this plan. Our people have not been ready yet when they know their neighbor, family member or people around them are infected by HIV. Our societies have not understood well yet about it. They still believe in myth that the human living with HIV is the human having bad moral and think that the virus will infect easily. In this way our societies will know the status and the stigma and discrimination will increase in the middle of our society. Actually their status is protected by regulation of health minister number 21, 2013.

As the evidences that our societies has not comprehensively understood yet how HIV spreads to others, frightened to be infected is very high. Because they don’t understand that HIV just infects through three medias (blood, sperm and mother’s milk). They still consider that it can infect through wind, contact each other, living together and many others which just make them afraid and avoid somebody living with HIV.

Moreover our societies still consider that somebody infected by HIV is bad person and has bad moral because of free sex. In fact, many victims in HIV are housewife and children. They don’t know anything and never do anything in high risk, thus they are just the victims maybe from their husband.

The effects of discrimination towards a HIV-infected person are very dangerous. Sometimes they will feel depressed and will infect to others with unsafe sex. The worker who advocates them can’t control what they do, because actually in this situation they need support and care from others.

In my opinion this idea will be useless. I have the following suggestions are the first, it well be better if the money that will be used to fund the hospital to support the human living with HIV. The second is to build shelter building for them to easily get together and do some activities. The third is to educate our societies about what HIV is and how HIV infect. And the last is to subsidize antiretroviral virus (ARV) when the foreign funding in combating HIV program is not here anymore.

*Written by Saivol Virdaus

Ayis Mukholik
Article, Yayasan Insancita Bangsa

Studying in Europe is one of my old dream

[dropcap style=”flat”]S[/dropcap]tudying in Europe is one of my old dreams. I tried hard to learn English many years ago. I began to study it when I was in Islamic Boarding School. I used English and Arabic as a daily conversation. For about seven years, I talked to my friends bilingually, afraid of punishment given to those speak Indonesia.

Ayis Mukholik

The dream will come true. I got the information that Insan Bina Cita Foundation, managed by KAHMI hold the short course for a month in PPPPTK Bahasa. I got the information from Maritsa Nur Fitri, one of the participants. She gave me the connection to the committee. Then the committee called me by a telephone and interviewed many questions about my readiness to join the course. She believed that I have potential to increase my score. Previously, I just got 480 of my last Toefl score.

I came to the course in the third day at 10.00 a.m. all participants greeted me warmly. I was so nervous but I felt so glad to face the challenge in this one month. Here I was encouraged to master English like my friends do. I study more from them and get new experience. My chance to study abroad is open. I renew my aim to study there. I would like to take Islamic Studies department in University of Leiden in Netherland. Studying there is very exciting because it has graduated many Islamic scholars. One of graduates is my lecturer in IAIN Walisongo, Semarang. He inspired me to learn and observe the Islamic old manuscript, such as Koran San’a. This Koran is the oldest manuscript founded by Germany archeology at 1978 in Yaman. This discovery convinces me that Koran revelation is proof of God existence.

My simple reason to continue my study in Islamic Studies is continuing my educational subject before. I graduated from Islamic studies department in IAIN Walisongo, Semarang. Then, I continued taking master of religion and philosophy in UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta. I would like to take PhD in Islamic Studies in Leiden University.

My expectation of studying is being professional lecturer of Islamic studies. I will dedicate my knowledge to others. Being lecturer is my vision because I believe that teaching is the noble profession. So I can improve my insights by sharing knowledge with many students. My prophet said that teaching is kind of Jariyah charity. It means that sharing the knowledge to others sincerely causes getting God’s mercy in hereafter.

The points above are my reasons for being lecturer. Exactly, studying of Islamic studies in abroad can open my insight to see Islam from global perspective. Consequently, I know Islam is the important lesson to be studied from different culture.

*Written by Ayis Mukholik
Paricipant of Yayasan Insancita Bangsa Scholarship Training 2014