"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control." (UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25).

STAPA aims to form a powerful collective voice, to call on governments, NGOs, institutions and businesses to do much more to support the right to health. We want governments to keep their promises! With only seven years left for the MDGs, this is the most important thing we can do.

In this context, STAPA is advocating and monitoring for the health MDGs. Effective advocacy and monitoring are central tools because they can help activate and increase the awareness on MDGs, improve the dialogue among stakeholders, and ultimately change in policies. STAPA asks local and national governments, individually and collectively, to prioritise health by:  ensuring that full financing is available to support health, ensuring the rights of women to health and healthcare are central to all plans and strategies. STAPA monitors governments' actions and policies for how they affect health. STAPA also influences decision-makers to improve their practice.

STAPA wants to see governments, the private sector and institutions fulfil their promises on reducing rates of infant and maternal mortality (MDGs 4 and 5) and slowing down the spread of transmissible diseases, such as HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria.

The lack of basic sanitation (wastewater collection and treatment), and the resultant water contamination fecal coliforms, is the main cause of infant mortality by diarrhea and parasitic diseases. Our challenge is to sensitize civil society and governments on the importance of basic sanitation for health, environment and employment generation. STAPA's proposition is to create a local and national movement that engages different social sectors aiming to raise knowledge of the population on basic sanitation importance, as well as demand governments to assure adequate and permanent resources.

STAPA also gets involved with the Health Action AIDS Campaign. AIDS is the most devastating disease the modern world has ever faced. The extent of human suffering already caused by the global AIDS pandemic defies understanding. Moreover, widespread discrimination against children, men who have sex with men, sex workers and their clients, injection drug users, persons confined to institutions and prisons, refugees, and internally displaced persons also fuels the disease. Like other public health and human rights crises, the HIV/AIDS pandemic cannot be reversed by medical science alone. The pandemic will not be controlled without political will and moral courage. Help is needed to fight for the right to health in all its dimensions, including public health policies that both promote prevention of HIV/AIDS and assure treatment to those already infected.  

In addition, STAPA aspires to tap out consciousness amongst students and youths through increased understanding and participation on reproductive health issues by initiating, facilitating and coordinating in areas of information dissemination, networking, advocacy and resource mobilisation.

Finally, STAPA is dedicated to allocating time, energy and resources toward Health Equity Campaign that encompasses the issues of wellness, safety, opportunity, and environment which make up a healthy society. Justice and equity are paramount to assuring that race, religion, income, gender, sexual preference or nationality are not factors limiting access to quality care.


The right of food is one of the most important human rights, in particular the economic, social and cultural rights which is protected by the mechanism of Human Rights of United Nations. Since human right is an international law where state is the subject of law that obliges to respect, protect and fulfill, then the policy of food defense becomes the state's responsibility to patronize the right of food for its citizen. However, in the last four years, the national food crisis has not been solved. The number of women and children that are malnourished and suffer from famine that is killing them is increasing. Besides, national stability is disturbed because of the unrests in some regions that are troubled by the hike of prices as a result of the scarcity of food. This condition does not only threaten the life of producer and consumers, but also worry informal businessmen in food sector. According to Indonesian food security assessment, the majority of the country is classified as chronically food insecure. Over 50% of the population still lives on less than US$2 per day and an estimated 37 million people live below the poverty line1. The number of the 'near poor' in Indonesia is estimated to be 115 million.

Poverty is a predominant factor that influences food security in Indonesia. Food is available but at a cost that increasing numbers of people find difficult to afford. A sizable part of the population hangs precariously around the poverty line and the situation is not improving. Since 2005, 4 million people have fallen below the poverty line. When looking at the concentration of poor people, Java Island emerges as the real hotspot as 75 percent of Indonesia's poor population.

STAPA dedicates to build strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food to all people at all times. In addition, STAPA contributes to achieving the first MDG, eradicating poverty and hunger, through a set of actions which ensure overall coherence, complementarity and continuity of Community interventions, including in the area of transition from relief to development. STAPA seek to develop self-reliance among all communities in obtaining their food and to create a system of growing, manufacturing, processing, making available, and selling food that is regionally based and grounded in the principles of justice, democracy, and sustainability. STAPA objectives are to improve access to fresh and healthy foods in all communities, particularly those where access is most limited and to facilitate environmental, health promotion, community development, social justice, and land use strategies that empower local communities and strengthen the capacity of small family farmers. Scope of STAPA activities are development, evaluation and institutionalization of innovative programs, grassroots organizing and coalition-building, and research, evaluation, and policy analysis. STAPA achieves its goals through a comprehensive blend of training, networking, and advocacy to further the efforts of grassroots groups to create effective solutions from the ground up. STAPA provides a variety of training and technical assistance programs for community food projects; support the development of farm to school and farm to college initiatives; advocate for federal policies to support community food security initiatives; and provide networking and educational resources.


STAPA responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community's ability to recover on its own, and women and children should be put at the centre of any emergency response. The immediate goal of STAPA's emergency response programs is to provide relief and rehabilitation for the entire person-physical, social, and psychological-in a distress situation.

STAPA always works to enable those affected by disasters to take responsibility for relief and recovery work. Wherever possible, STAPA forms partnerships with other religious and secular organizations to pool resources and avoid duplicating efforts. Also, STAPA works collaboratively with local communities to assist them in building peace, restoring social stability, revitalizing community structures, and empowering their members to retake control of their lives.

Poor people particularly women and girls are the main impact disaster in every where emergency situation, and they are particularly vulnerable in times of disaster such as floods, earthquakes, volcanos, and hot mud flood, etc. It was heartening to note the many examples of interventions from hot mud floods in Porong stressing the need to recognize the role of women as responders and actors in relief and rehabilitation. Women should not be treated merely as victims but as partners in changes as the knowledge resource is with community as what is going on in their local settings.

With limited access to information, lack of resources and poor government protection they often suffer the most as a result. That's why STAPA's work with people affected by emergencies and conflict plays a key part in our fight against poverty. STAPA responds to emergencies in the short term by providing medicines, water and sanitation, food and shelter to people in need, and we continue to work closely with poor communities to help them rebuild their lives and reduce their vulnerability to future disasters and conflicts by focusing on: Minimising trauma by supporting the emotional recovery of survivors, Reducing vulnerability of poor communities by working together on building their resilience to future disasters, Building peace by addressing the underlying causes of conflict, and Reducing risk of future disasters occurring by reducing hazards supporting communities to adapt to the effects of climate change.