Although Indonesia has managed to reach leprosy elimination stage, the country has not been able to completely eradicate the disease. Leprosy is frequently associated with poverty and backwardness in development, and remains a health hazard to the people in 14 Indonesian provinces. At local level, 14 of 33 provinces, and 150 of 479 districts in Indonesia have new leprosy cases of more than 10,000 per year.

Indonesia ratified the CRPD on November 30, 2011 and has not yet submitted its Country Report which was due on December 30, 2013.

Indonesia like many other countries has discriminatory laws against the people affected by Leprosy which may result in curtailment of freedoms and rights. For example, in 2007 the Jakarta Regional Government passed a regulation prohibiting persons affected by Leprosy from being in public places such as streets and parks. If found they could be arrested by the Social Police.

To combat such problems and to end the stigma attached there are a few organizations in Indonesia working for the welfare of the people affected by Leprosy. PerMata is one of them. However due to stigma, repulsion and social exclusion that people affected by Leprosy face, many of them do not want to be members of the organization and many of them do not want to even visit their office. PerMata however continues to work for elimination of the ostracization of people affected by Leprosy and for betterment of their standard of living.

PerMata Indonesia (Independent Living Association)
Paulus Manek
Address: Jl. Medokan Asri MA.III.D No. 31,
Phone: +62318720043
Fax: +62318720043