Technical Advisor, currently working in Indonesia
A pharmacist and food scientist by training, Prih Sarnianto spent most of his professional life as a scientific researcher (in post-harvest fisheries), a lecturer (medicinal chemistry, food chemistry), and a journalist (economic-business-management). In 2007, after learning that Indonesia would implement a national health insurance system (JKN) to achieve universal health coverage, he turned his attention to health/pharmaceutical economics, and pursued a doctorate degree in public health at Universitas Indonesia. In 2011, he completed his first research project in public health, trying to answer whypeople in Soe—a small town just 45 km [28 miles] away from the capital city of East Nusa Tenggara province—only visited the primary health care facility after their children’s’ illnesses became worse, causing high infant and children mortality rates.
In the last four years, he has mainly been involved in studies related to JKN drugs procurement and the e-Catalogue system, as well as in drug pricing, including HIV antiretroviral (ARV) drug pricing. It is through this HIV-related study that he joined ThinkWell in 2020. At ThinkWell, he is conducting a study to allow for the smooth transfer of Indonesia’s HIV National Program to a more self-reliant system when the Global Fund ends its support in 2023. This will help ensure that Indonesia achieves UNAIDS Fast Tract Target 2030.
"Sure, I miss my years as a journalist. However, I believe that providing evidence for better public health policymaking will be no less satisfying."
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Thankful life to live