“Addressing the psychological and social problems of people living with HIV and their affected families is crucial that is why we have trained counselors and peer educators to provide psychosocial support to our clients,” explained Mr. Rodel Navarra, Chief Operating Officer of Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI).
According to the HIV and AIDS Registry of the Department of Health (DoH) released last June 2016, the number of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) comprised about 12% of the total HIV cases wherein 84% are male with an average age of 32. Due this, Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) partnered with manning agencies to ensure that departing OFWs are armed with enough knowledge about HIV and AIDS.
Services That You Can Avail Through PAFPI’s Abot Kamay Drop-in Center Project
It has been sixteen years since Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) and the Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA penned a partnership to provide essential services to people living with HIV (PLHIV), their affected families (AF), and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Rodel Navarra, Chief Operating Officer of PAFPI, explained that the partnership brought forth the PAFPI-Abot Kamay Drop-in Center (AKDC) Project on its sixteenth year “The objectives of the project remain the same. That is to prevent the spread of STI, HIV and AIDS amongst OFWs, their families, and local seafarers,” he said.
San Lazaro Hospital was the site of a two day training workshop which focused on the training of Affected Families and significant others on Home Based Care (HBC). This transpired for two weeks each having 2 days of the session. Targeting 30 of the affected families. 15 participants per 2 day session.
Congratulations to PAFPI
new set of Officers 2016!
Mr. Joshua C.T. Formentera
Dr. Nymia Simbulan
Atty. Carlo Martin Alcala
Chairman of the Board / Corporate Secretary
Dr. Rita D. Bantigue
Member of the Board
Dr. Rossana Ditangco
Mrs. Ruth Samante
Last May 26, 2016, Dissemination Forum on “Evaluation of the HIV/AIDS Education and Counseling Services among OFWs” was held at Bay View Park Hotel, Ermita, Manila. This was funded by Union Aid Abroad- APHEDA, Pasasalamat Fund and AUSAid.
Did you know that in 2008, the newly diagnosed HIV was set at 1 per day. Two years after, in 2010, it was set at 4 new cases daily, 9 daily new cases in 2012, and 17 new daily cases in 2014. But in 2015, the newly diagnosed was set at 22 cases per day!
“The numbers are growing and seeing the trend, the HIV and AIDS registry in the Philippines will not likely to go down,” tells Rodel Navarra, Chief Operating Officer of Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI).