In response to the alarming increase of newly HIV diagnosed each day, 30 maritime schools across the country held a national consultation meeting to further intensity the education campaign on HIV and AIDS.
The consultation meeting that was held last March 29, 2017 at the social hall of the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) in Manila and was widely attended by 30 Maritime Higher Education Institutions (MHEIs) and staff of the Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI). The consultation meeting identified the effective ways on how to educate the future seafarers about HIV and AIDS. Thus, the participants agreed to incorporate the following in the curriculum.
Miss Universe 2016 was the most celebrated Philippine event so far. But what makes it extra significant is its advocacy on raising HIV and AIDS awareness and education through the National Charity Gift Auction. And Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) was fortunate to be named as the auction’s beneficiary that was held last January 23, 2017 at Forbes Ballroom, Conrad Hotel in Pasay City. The event was attended by the contestants from Miss Universe 2016, the queen herself, MU 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, notable people in the Miss Universe pageant, people in government and embassies, and various celebrities.
Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) receives the support of MAC AIDS Fund (MAF) for seven years in a row. The funding cycle that runs from January to December 2017 will cover the needs of PAFPI’s Manila and Davao projects for people living with HIV (PLHIVs) and their affected families.
According to the Disease Surveillance of the Department of Health (DoH), 750 newly diagnosed HIV cases were reported for December 2016 alone. Out of the 750 new cases, 53 were accounted as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), which comprised 7% of the total newly diagnosed, 50 OFWs were male with an average age of 32 years.
PAFPI was the only chosen HIV NGO in the Philippines to be the beneficiary of the National Gift Auction of the 65th Miss Universe competition. The Auction was held on January 23, 2017, at the Forbes Ballroom of the Conrad Hotel. Each of the 87 contenders for the title of Miss Universe donated a gift from their home countries. The gifts were put up for bids at the event. Ten items were put up for live auction in the ballroom, while the rest were auctioned by silent bidding. PAFPI was chosen through Pass it Forward, which is the official charity partner of the 65th Miss Universe competition.
The auction was huge success. The amount raised will be a tremendous importance for PAFPI’s possibility to continue working to help persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Furthermore, the event itself was a milestone in the fight against stigma and discrimination. All of this was made possible by your choice of PAFPI as the beneficiary. For that, PAFPI’s board, our employees, our volunteers as well as the many recipients of PAFPI’s assistance are truly honoured and grateful.
Working together for six years, Positive Action Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) and MAC AIDS Fund (MAF) forged a partnership to bring comfort and care to people living with HIV (PLHIVs). Hence, PAFPI and the officers and staff of MAC Cosmetic Philippines, as part of MAC’s participation in the annual World AIDS Day every December 1st, went for an immersion at the H4 Ward and Outpatient Department at San Lazaro Hospital.
The high record of HIV incidence for October 2016, which accounts to 819 new HIV cases, can be attributed to the intensive HIV education of the government through the Department of Health (DOH) and Non-Government organizations like the Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI), shared by Rodel Navarra, PAFPI’s Chief Operating Officer.
“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).