Home is sweet but it was made sweeter when there’s love to meet, welcome and greet us. This was truly important for me since most of the statements I hear from a person living with HIV (PLHIV) tell that they’ve been disowned or that they experienced stigma and discrimination not only by other people but including some members of their family. If this happens, many HIV positive individuals thought of ending their lives after facing the dilemma, anger, hurt and confusion when their family turned their backs on them.
One of my most memorable day as an active volunteer was to join hospital visits at San Lazaro as part of the program of the Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc.( PAFPI). Every Monday, we are able to give food to patients who are confined at the hospital. And that day, we’ve reached out to 22 patients and what I saw really broke my heart because many, if not most, of the patients were in dire need of support, both morally and financially.
- First to handle: Tropical Disease Foundation
- Second to handle: Department of Health
Sub-Recipient: Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc.
“Upscaling the National Response to HIV/AIDS through the Delivery of Services and Information to Populations at Risk and People Living with HIV and AIDS”
Funding Period: November 2008 to September 2010
Funding Goes To Three Main Areas:
- Knowledge and Health Information
- Facilitation and Assistance
- Peer Support and Counseling
Approaches and Strategies:
- Conduct home and hospital visits
- Referrals and facilitations on clients’needs
- Collaboration with other Global Fund projectsto avoid double entry of reached clients
- Peer to peer
- Promotion of support groups (for involvement)
- Close coordination with focal person
- People Living with HIV
- Affected Families (AF)
- Significant Others (SO)
Funding Agency: Union Aid Abroad-AHEDA (Australian People For Health, Education and Development Abroad)
Recipient/Partner: Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI)
Project Name: “The AbotKamay Drop-in Center”
Funding period: July 2013 to June 2014
- To prevent the spread of STI/HIV/AIDS amongst Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who undertake contract in working abroad and their families;
- To provide appropriate psychosocial support services, counseling and home–based care services to PLHIV, especially through the Abot–Kamay Drop–in Centre; and,
- To provide opportunities for PLHIVs and AF to be fully engaged in the program.
Funding Goes To: For Filipino Migrant Workers
- Ongoing conduct of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) Survey using the previously enhanced tool especially designed about the myths and misconception on HIV and AIDS.
- Conduct of Pre and Post test evaluation utilizing the developed HIV/AIDS questionnaires during PDOS for OFWs.
- HIV/AIDs Education for OFWs in PDOS
- IEC reproduction and distribution (flyers)
- Email Communication to Assess BCC Messages retention and practice
- Validation and Assessment of BCC messages and practices retention and practices through Guided Group Discussions
- Marketing and promotion of HIV information through PDOS among Agencies and other PDOS providers (expansion of partner agencies)
- Conduct of forum for OFWs and their families
- Peer Education Training using the DOH standard training module
- Identify and forge partnership with diagnostic centers/clinics for OFWs
Through The AbotKamay Drop-in Center
- Conduct of outreach activities providing psychosocial support services; at home, hospital and through Abotkamay Drop–in Center
For PLHIVs and Affected Families
- Conduct of learning group sessions (center based) discussing topics beneficial to project beneficiaries and other life skills activities with the objective of empowering the target clients (PLHIVs, AF and SO) and increasing the target clients self–esteem
- Conduct of support group meetings and fellowship for PLHIV and AF
- Clients referral for Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) through on line, telephone, and face to face counseling
- Upgrading of PAFPI website system and maintenance
- Filipino Migrant Workers
- Affected Families
- Significant Others