Where do they go for health problems; the role of private providers in development of comprehensive health care for FSWs in Bali

dr. Pande Putu Januraga, M.Kes, DrPH, PANDE PUTU JANURAGA (2011) Where do they go for health problems; the role of private providers in development of comprehensive health care for FSWs in Bali. -, -. ISSN -

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Background: Female sex workers (FSWs) is a group that have high vulnerabilities in getting HIV-AIDS, therefore they need comprehensive health care services to prevent the transmission. In Bali this group has been provided health care in some STDs and HIV-AIDS dedicated clinics which provided by government and NGO, but still limited known about how they seek health care facilities if got diseases. The objective of this research was to describe the health seeking behavior of FSWs in Denpasar, Bali. Method: This was a descriptive cross sectional study with 84 samples which randomly taken from Padanggalak area, one of the biggest brothel complexes in Denpasar. Data was collected using questioner in April 2011. Results: All of FSWs have health problems in the last six months and most of them (86.9%) have general problem while only 13.1% have STDs related problems. Regarding health seeking behaviors, 85.7% were actively tried to solve their problems and 55.6% of them looked for formal health care facilities. Among those who looked for health care facilities, 62.5% chose private physicians while the rest chose health centers, hospital clinics, and private nurses. Among those who went to formal health care providers, 62.5% of them went to provider from outside Padanggalak area. This becomes interesting since most of the respondents (85.7%) were not covered by health insurance system. Conclusion: The FSWs showed interest in seeking health care facilities even to private providers that usually more expensive compare to government facilities. Involvement of private providers should be considered in developing comprehensive health care services for FSWs. More research and upgrading skill of those providers in order to respond the health needs of FSWs should be conducted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sex workers, health care, Bali
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Education
Depositing User: Mr. Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 21:58
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2016 05:58
URI: http://erepo.unud.ac.id/id/eprint/8186

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