The current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic that is hitting Indonesia has not hampered the enthusiasm of the academics of the Faculty of Nursing, University of Indonesia (FoN UI) to carry out community service activities. Through the SHINTA program or Awareness of HIV/AIDS among Adolescents, the FoN UI Community Service team carried out a series of activities in forming and training 18 high school students as peer educators and holding health education seminars for 120 high school students by providing information on reproductive health of young women, knowledge about HIV. /AIDS and efforts to prevent its transmission, as well as strategies to prevent negative adolescent behavior. SHINTA Community Service activities take place online from July to August 2020.
The SHINTA peer educator program formation and training activities include focus group discussion (FGD), educational sessions and interactive discussions about knowledge of puberty in adolescents, the impact of promiscuity and HIV/AIDS, efforts to become healthy adolescents and role play skills, refusal skills and how to overcome bullying. . Eighteen students who were trained to become peer educators came from one of the senior high schools in East Jakarta. It is hoped that they can carry out the program’s sustainability efforts to educate their peers. Meanwhile, the peak activity of the SHINTA Community Service was in the form of an online health education seminar which was attended by around 120 high school students from schools in Jakarta, Depok, and Serang. This seminar presents interactive discussions with resource persons and roleplays and performances from students who are peer educators.
All these series of activities received good support and welcome from the school. Deputy Principal of SMAN 104 East Jakarta, Drs. Carusdi, MM, who was also present at the seminar said that “this activity is very useful to equip students to become healthy and responsible teenagers.”
The FoN UI Community Service Team is chaired by Sri Yona, SKp., MN., PhD (Head of the Department of Medical Surgery), and is supported by a team consisting of Prof. Elly Nurachmah MappSc., DNSc (Professor of FoN UI); Ns. Anggri Noorana Zahra, Skep., M.Sc and Ns. Cut Sarida Pompey, S.Kep., MNS (Medical Surgical Nursing Lecturer at FIK UI) as resource persons, and Anita Rezeki Carolina; Arini Salsabila Ramadhani; Rama Adi Saputra (FoN UI student) as a facilitator.
Sri Yona said, “Our community service program targets young women aged 15-24 who are at risk of HIV/AIDS transmission. We feel the need to provide adequate knowledge about HIV/AIDS and its prevention efforts. Adolescent girls also experience faster sexual growth and are more susceptible to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than boys. In Indonesia, the topic of reproductive health is still taboo. Young women prefer their own friends to discuss reproductive health compared to their own parents. For this reason, through the community service program in the form of peer educator training, and the “SHINTA: Awareness of HIV/AIDS” program, students can communicate well without feeling taboo, shy, and much more open, and able to reject negative behavior calls from their surroundings. ”