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New York City, New York – (StockNewsDesk) – 09/26/2014 — The approach to new treatment is a grave problem for several Indonesian patients. The biggest obstacles to good health care and getting healthy are affordability, little knowledge of the importance of completing the full-course treatment and lack of awareness of treatment alternatives.

To direct these problems, a solution is developed by Roche called ‘My Therapy Solution’ or ‘Solusi Terapiku’. This patient support initiative gives total support for patients who have to pay for their self-treatment. The Indonesian Health Authorities have fully endorsed it.

Based on an independent agency’s ability to pay, the patients of Solusi Terapiku might receive free or subsidized medicines while on treatment. The programme provides caregivers and patients with general information on various diseases on the treatment path. The main aim is to help doctors and patients to get better health outcomes of diseases, like obesity, cancer and infection from hepatitis B and C.

The most common cancer type is the breast cancer that is found heavily in Indonesian women. The ability to get reliable and accurate data about cancer is an important challenge because of the socioeconomic and geographical conditions. Women might not accept professional help and, as a result, cancer can be considered to be an illness without an affordable cure, or even a death sentence.

To improve understanding and information on breast cancer, this programme is initiating an easy detection campaign that helps women understand how they can perform a self-breast exam, which is known as ‘SADARI’ in Indonesia. The medical staff members are also taught to perform a breast clinical exam.

Roche’s initiative for an extensive patient support program: Solusi Terapiku

They have spread out their collaboration with oncology doctors to involve general practitioners and midwives in this campaign. These front liners of healthcare are the selected medical experts of people living in the remote areas and villages of Indonesia. This campaign is being held in partnership with GE Healthcare Indonesia and the Indonesia Cancer Foundation. To inspire a bigger frame of adoption of breast self-exams, the campaign depends on regional government endorsement through direct involvement of mayors and governors to improve acceptance and awareness in the local communities.

The campaign has already trained 100 midwives and doctors and 1,100 women during only two educational events. Ten more such events are going to be held in 2014 with a target of 10.000 women and midwives.

According to the Indonesian Red Cross, there are almost 0.5% blood donors in Indonesia that are infected by this deadly disease. While donating blood. many donors are also made aware of type C hepatitis. To help the donors, Roche Indonesia released the ‘Save Your Liver, Save Your Life’ campaign in partnership with the Indonesian Association for the Study of Liver and Indonesian Red Cross. The campaign hopes to enhance the knowledge of the disease and stop transmission to the general masses. It gives information on getting medical advice for donors. The donors can also get free testing and treatment.

The Indonesian Red Cross is trying to conduct hepatitis reactive donor education clinics in 2014 in ten large cities.

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