What We Are

ALERTAsia is an alliance of physicians, scientists, technicians, and laypersons committed to the idea of diminishing the medical, social and economic risks created by endemic infectious diseases and the emergence of new infectious disease threats in Southeast Asia.We are united in the firm belief that keeping the risks of emerging and re-emerging infections under control requires the disciplined application of tried and true scientific methods, as well as exploring practical new methodologies through inspired biomedical research aimed specifically at these risks.

ALERTAsia establised as a non-profit foundation for promoting human health and is organized under the laws of the Republic of Indonesia.

What We Do

ALERTAsia Foundation serves as a focal point and partner for organizations seeking to execute research, education and training activities directed towards understanding and mitigating the threat of endemic, emerging and re-emerging infections in Southeast Asia.

In doing this, we support our various organizations, laboratories, and researcher partners in applying appropriate molecular biological, immunological and epidemiological technologies to the problem of emerging and endemic microbial agents of human disease.

We seek to facilitate the creation of a network of cooperating laboratories in the region reporting reliable and verifiable findings relevant to emerging and re-emerging infections of humans.

Where We Work

Our office is located in Central Jakarta, just within minutes from the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, the Faculty of Medicine University of Indonesia, and the Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit (EOCRU), three of our main collaborators.

Our past and current projects have brought us to: Papua, West Sumba, Central Java, North Sulawesi, North Sumatra, and West Java

Why We’re Here

ALERTAsia Foundation recognizes conspicuous gaps in the technical capacity of public and private health institutions in Southeast Asia to reliably characterize and responsibly report diagnoses of human infections. ALERTAsia Foundation further recognizes the unnecessary medical, social and economic risks such gaps create. ALERTAsia Foundation believes that the application of appropriate and standardized biotechnologies in the laboratories, field and clinics of regions at risk will provide an essential shield against epidemic and pandemic infections. We believe that biotechnology is a powerful weapon, and it must be wielded against our formidable microbial enemies with wisdom and forethought.

OUR STRATEGY

Operate a team of certified personnel following internationally recognized standard operating procedures for the clinical and epidemiological investigation of infectious disease outbreaks, and responsibly reporting their findings to sponsors, government authorities and the public.

Operate a management team that provides timely reporting and fully transparent accountability of sponsor resource utilization.

Provide a technical, legal, fiscal and administrative platform for the sponsorship of biomedical research on emerging infections in the laboratory, field and clinic.

Support laboratory partners. Partners with and facilitates the establishment of state-of-the-art laboratories with biotechnological equipment manned by certified personnel following internationally recognized standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the diagnosis of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases providing authoritative information regarding the threats to public health posed by these infections, and responsibly reporting their findings to sponsors, government authorities, and the public .

• Execute projects that support the building of capacity for the surveillance, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of endemic & emerging infections in Southeast Asia.

• Gather the most reliable information regarding emerging infection risks in Southeast Asia using systematic and comprehensive searches of the biomedical literature, media reports and through a network of cooperating health professionals in the region.

• Identify gaps in emerging infections information and understanding and seek to obtain or promote the acquisition of information that fills these gaps.

• Develop SOPs for the screening, diagnosis and assessment of emerging infections in at-risk populations using a state-of-the-art biotechnological laboratory.

• Implement and offer certification of competencies in laboratory and field skill sets required for assessing emerging infections.

• Promote awareness of emerging infections threats and the means of mitigating those risks through technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, seminars for technical and non-technical audiences, and workshops for health professionals positioned to participate in the prevention and control of emerging infections.

• Create the technical, legal, fiscal and administrative wherewithal to attract and manage donor resources committed to the delivery of biomedical research on emerging infections.

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Vision

ALERTAsia Foundation serves as a focal point for research, education and training supported by various public and private donors seeking to contribute to the rational and systematic building of the technical, social and political capital needed to cope with emerging infections and the risks these pose to health and to social and economic development in Indonesia and Southeast Asia in general.

Mission

Diminish the medical, social and economic risks created by the emergence of infectious diseases in Southeast Asiain general.



Who We Are

Prof. Dr.dr. Sangkot Marzuki, AM – Co-Chairman

Professor SangkotMarzuki is the Co-chairman and co-founder of ALERTAsia Foundation and the President of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, and also was the Founding Director of the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology.

Professor Marzuki holds honorary appointments as a Professor of Medicine at Monash University, and Professor of Medical Sciences at University of Indonesia, and Adjunct Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Queensland.

He graduated as a medical doctor in 1968 from the University of Indonesia and obtained his M.Sc from Mahidol University in 1971, and completed his PhD in 1975 and awarded a higher doctorate (D.Sc) in 1998, both from Monash University, and a doctor honoriscausa from Utrecht University in 2006, and doctor of science honoriscausa from University of Queensland in 2010.

He has received several awards for his dedication to science, including an ASEAN Outstanding Scientist Award in 2005 and BintangMahaputraUtama of the Republic of Indonesia in 2009, and made a Member of The Order of Australia in the same year.

Dr. Stephen Lev Hoffman – Co-Chairman

Dr. Hoffman is a Co-chairman and Co-founder of ALERTAsia. He is currently the Chief Executive and Scientific Officer of Sanaria.He has over 25 years of experience in building and managing large, successful researches and development programs. He was Director of the Malaria Program at the Naval Medical Research Center where he built a focused professional team of over 100 individuals in the United States and overseas working on all aspects of malaria research, but especially vaccine development and genomics. He was the Vice President of Biologics at Celera Genomics, and founded Sanaria in 2002. He is also a former president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.D. from Cornell University, USA. He obtained his Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and did residency training at the University of California, San Diego. He holds several professorships, and chairs or serves on multiple advisory boards. He is a former president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, has edited two books on malaria vaccine development, authored more than 380 scientific publications, and has numerous patents.

Prof. John Kevin Baird, PhD – Member

Professor Baird is the head of Eijkman Oxford Clinical Research Unit, one of ALERTAsia main partners. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Master of Science in Biochemistry from University of Maryland, USA. He also earned a Ph.D in Medical Parasitology from Tulane University, USA.

He is the Professor of Malariology at University of Oxford, UK. He served for 22 years in the US Navy Medical Service Corps as Microbiologist specializing in research on malaria prevention, control, treatment, epidemiology, and immunology.

He received several awards and medals for his service in the US Navy and for his dedication in science, including Navy Commendation Medal (1996, 2005) and Navy Meritorious Service Medal (1999, 2003, 2005). He has published more than 130 research articles, and numerous textbook chapters and review papers, and 3 books.

Prof. dr. HerawatiSudoyo, PhD – Chairperson

Dr. Herawati Sudoyo is the Deputy for Fundamental Research of the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology and the head of Forensic DNA Laboratory and Principal Investigator at Genome Diversity and Diseases Laboratory. She graduated as a medical doctor in 1977, and obtained her M.Sc in 1985, both from University of Indonesia. In 1990, she earned her PhD at Monash University, Australia. She is a medical faculty member at the Department of Medical Biology, University of Indonesia, and an Honorary Associate Professor at The University of Sydney, Australia.

Prof. Herawati is a founding member of the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology and has been involved in the development of medical biotechnology research in Indonesia. She is an active member of various national and international organization, consortium, and scientific panel on forensic DNA, bio risk and biosafety, human genetics, and molecular biology network. She has received several awards for her works, most recently The Habibie Award (2008) and Indihome Woman Awards Category Scientists and Technologist (2014).

Dr.dr. TjahjonoGondhowiardjo, SpM, PhD- Member

Dr.TjahjonoDarmintoGondhowiardjo, is the Director of Corporate Development and Education at Jakarta Eye Center Corporate. He obtained his Ph.D from University of Amsterdam. Dr.Tjahjono plays a significant role in the development of Indonesian Ophthalmology in the last decade. He was the President of the Indonesian Ophthalmologist Association (2003-2010), Chairman of Indonesian Committee of Prevention of Blindness (2004-2007), Vice Chairman/Acting Chairman of Indonesian Eye Bank (2005-2010). He also served as the Congress President of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Prof. Dr. dr. Irawan Yusuf – Member

Dr.Irawan graduated as a medical doctor from University of Hassanudin and obtained his PhD from Hiroshima University School of Medicine, Japan. He was a medical doctor at INCO Hospital Soroako in 1986 as well as the Dean at the Faculty of Medicine of University of Hassanudin. He joined Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology as a Senior Researcher in 1995. His main research interest is in the electrical activity of cardiac muscle membrane.

Prof. Dr.dr. IdrusPaturusi – Chairman

Dr.IdrusPaturusi graduated as a medical doctor and obtained his doctoral degree from University of Hassanudin. He graduated as Orthopaedic Surgeon from University of Indonesia. He also had a Postgraduate Orthopaedic Training in Singapore and at Hospital Raymond Point Care, Paris, France. He is a member of the Indonesian Medical Association and the Indonesia Orthopaedic Association. He was a team leader of a special emergency surgery in Aceh and Nias following the tsunami disaster. Professor Idrus has received severalawards from various organizations, amongst them; appreciation from UNHCR, Iran Government and Indonesian Government as a Coordinator for Medical Team for Bam earthquake victims in Iran; SatyaLencanaKebangkitanSosial appreciation from President of Republic of Indonesia; Certificate of AdiSetyaUtama from Indonesian Medical Doctors Association; as Team of Crisis Centre from Ministry of Health, Republic of Indonesia and from Afghanistan Society for being an Indonesia Medical Team member in Afghanistan.

Mr.IrwanYulianto, MPH – Member

IrwanJulianto is a former senior journalist of KOMPAS Morning Daily, Jakarta, Indonesia, specializing in public health and science. He earned a Master of Public Health from Harvard University, Boston, under a scholarship from, Ford Foundation due to his involvement in establishing series of trainings on AIDS and his compassion and dedication in journalism. In Harvard, he received Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Essay Award for Health and Human Rightsfrom the late Prof. Jonathan Mann for his essay on street children and their vulnerability towards HIV/AIDS. He is now also a member of the National Commission on Ethics of Health Research. Mr. Julianto joined ALERTAsia Supervisory Board in 2008.

Claudia Surjadjaja, DDS, MPH, DrPH– Executive Director

Dr.Surjadjaja is the Executive Director of ALERTAsia. She is a global public health professional with more than 20 years of experience and a leading expert in developing, implementing/monitoring and evaluating health programs aimed at high-risk groups within hard-to-reach populations by geographic/social/ religious barriers.

 

She graduated from dental school in 1994, and entered government service and was posted in remote Papua province as a dental surgeon, and later worked as a program officer at Indonesia Ministry of Health for seven years. She earned an MPH from GadjahMada University, Indonesia, andan MSc in Medical Law and Ethics from Imperial College, London as a British Chevening Scholar in 2003, and later a Doctor of Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2007.

Under her leadership, ALERTAsia has grown and evolved to its current state. Since its establishment in 2006, now the foundation has secured and disbursed funding in support of research totalling overused of 50 million.

Operations Manager – Shanti Gayatri, Mcom

Ms. Shanti Gayatri first joined ALERTAsia Foundation as Administrative Officer in 2006. She was the first staff who assisted in developing ALERTAsia to be a fully functioning foundation. After earning her degree in Bachelor of Commerce from University of Canberra, Australia in 1998, she continued her study at University of Sydney, Australia, and completed her Master of Commerce in 2000. After her return to Indonesia, she worked at Citibank before joining PT. PrawedaCiptakarsaInformatika, of SoedarpoInformatika Group, as System Implementation Engineer in 2002, and then promoted as Product Specialist & Consultant. Moving to ALERTAsia was a leaping process for her from working at a profit taking company in IT industry to a not-for-profit foundation committed to capacity building for surveillance and research in infectious diseases.

Administrative Officer – NadiyahSodiq, SE

NadiyahSodiq joinedALERTAsiain 2010. She previously worked at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 (NAMRU-2), Jakarta, as a Travel Coordinator for more than 10 years. Prior to working at NAMRU-2, she worked at several local companies as a Junior Secretary and Accounting Staff after completing her course in Secretarial and Office Management in Bogor. She also had obtained a degree in Management from Y.A.I School of Economics while working at NAMRU-2. Her extensive experience in travel management has proven to be great advantage for ALERTAsia. She is the go-to person for almost any kind of travel arrangements required by both the project teams and the management.

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Finance and Accounting Manager – RingkotNainggolan, S.E.

RingkotNainggolan joined AlertAsia in 2015. He has 15 years of experience in finance and accounting. He earned his bachelor in economics from Advent University Indonesia in 1999, and started working in various organisations and agencies since then. He has experience in working for International NGOs such as World Vision and Save The Children, and in national accounting and finance consultant agencies.

Finance and Accounting Officer – MaralusSamosir, S.E.

MaralusSamosir joined AlertAsia in [INSERT YEAR]. Graduated from STIE Pertiwi, Jakarta in 2008 with a Bachelor in Business Administrations, Maralus has more than 10 years of working experience. He has experience in working with various companies and consulting agencies as an accountant and finance person.

Communications & Publication Officer – AdindaSilitonga

AdindaSilitonga recently joined ALERTAsia in 2016. She has a bachelor degree from Padjajaran University, majoring in Journalism, and a Master of Communication from RMIT University, Australia. Adinda has worked with several International NGOs and communities’ networks in the South East Asia region. She’s also an experienced writer and translator.