Educational Approach of Leprosy in Primary School Students: An Approach to Social Stigma Reduction


The effort of eradicating leprosy in Indonesia has taken place for a long time, but new cases are detected up to now. The government has launched numerous efforts in light of eliminating leprosy. However, the results were not satisfactory. Medical and community approaches are equally important to be carried out simultaneously, in order to obtain comprehensive treatment. One of the aspects that needs to be emphasized is the stigma reduction, towards leprosy patients as well as the patients' self-stigma. KATAMATAKU Universitas Indonesia conducted an action research whose objective was increasing awareness, considering to complement the comprehensive leprosy management. The first collaboration was carried out with the Gemala Ananda School in Jakarta, Indonesia, specifically for fourth-grade students. The tiered educational model was chosen in order to produce impactful activities. After acquiring the education provided by the KATAMATAKU team, students were asked to re-explain the information to their closest social circle about leprosy. By this educational intervention trial, it is prospected that a better educational model could be applied to reduce the stigma of leprosy in Indonesia.

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Sri Linuwih SW Menaldi, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
Adhityawarman Menaldi, University of Indonesia, Indonesia

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Conference: ACP2023
Stream: Community Development

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Menaldi S., & Menaldi A. (2023) Educational Approach of Leprosy in Primary School Students: An Approach to Social Stigma Reduction ISSN: 2187-4743 – The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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