National AIDS Commission Secretary, Indonesia
Contribution to Society

Dr. Nafsiah Mboi - Walinono, MD. Ped, MPH, was born in Sengkang, Sulawesi Selatan, on 14 July 1940. 

Dr. Nafsiah completed her medical education at the Universiy of Indonesia in 1964, where her husband, Dr. Ben Mboi, former Governor of East Nusa Tenggara, also studied. She continued her education with advanced Pediatrics in Belgium and Epidemiology and social pediatrics in the Netherlands. She completed a Master's Degree in Public Health in Belgium in 1990. She was a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health during the years 1991-92. 

Before being appointed the Secretary for the National AIDS Commission, Dr. Nafsiah had played a leading role in activities related to the improvement of the quality of health and education in Indonesia. Throughout her career, Dr. Nafsiah has been directly involved in a wide range of efforts to promote gender balance and acceleration of development in many parts of Indonesia.

Previously, Dr. Nafsiah had been a member of the Indonesian Parliament (1992 - 1997) and served as Director of the Department of Gender and Women's Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) based in Geneva, Switzerland (1999 - 2002). She served for some time (1997 - 1999) as a member and then Chair of the United Nations Commission on the Rights of the Child, the first Asian to serve in this capacity. 

Dr Nafsiah has been active in HIV and AIDS activities, since the first cases of AIDS were identified in Indonesia. From 2002 - 2006 she served as Senior Consultant on HIV and AIDS to Family Health International (FHI/ASA) working specifically on work in Indonesia's eastern most area of Tanah Papua. She was also active in the technical advisory group of the National AIDS Commission. In that connection one of her most significant achievements was facilitating the birth and later implementation of the Sentani Commitment, (2004) an innovative partnership of Central and Local Government authorities working to promote effective responses to HIV and AIDS in the then 6 most seriously affective provinces. 

Dr. Nafsiah has received various awards including the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 1986 which she received together with her beloved husband, Dr. Ben Mboi, for the contributions towards the quality improvement for the development in East Nusa Tenggara province.