The Positive Action Foundation Philippines Incorporated
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Advocacy

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Did you know that Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) through the program of MAC AIDS Fund (MAF) have been providing free healthy hot meals for the past seven (7) years? Dealing with HIV is already a burden financially and emotionally. And providing them with healthy lunch meals every Fridays of the month is one of the little ways to somehow ease the worries that people living and affected with HIV / AIDS (PLHIVs) have to face. But more than satisfying the palate, the center-based feeding program at PAFPI’s Bahay Kalinga Drop-in Center also serves as a venue for PLHIVs, their families, friends, visitors, volunteers, and advocates to come together as one happy family. The feeding activity is way is a way for them to share and open up to others, which helped them cope with their current situation and helping them live a normal, happy and productive life in the mainstream and supportive society.

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If you are used to eating fast food, canned goods and instant noodles, you better stop it now. Countless articles flood the internet about healthy eating, yet your food choices haven’t changed. Regardless of your busy schedule, you must learn how to eat healthy and take care of your health. To help you get started, Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) have come up with these 9 tips for better food choices.

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Stigma and discrimination are results of misinformation and lack of education about HIV and AIDS. Many people still cringe at the mere idea of HIV/AIDS. More often than not, people living with HIV are viewed with disdain and prejudice. With that in mind, Positive Action Foundation Philippines. Inc. (PAFPI) held a seminar entitled HIV/AIDS Stigma Reduction among Stakeholders.

A one day (15th of June 2017; Bayview Park Hotel, Manila) seminar that aimed to:

  • Provide correct information and update on the latest about HIV and AIDS.
  • Educate stakeholders of PLHIVs’ basic rights in accordance with RA 8504.
  • Enhance and strengthen partnership between manning agencies and diagnostic clinics for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

UP-Manila’s Profs. Laufred Hernandez and Dr. Reynaldo Imperial, both PAFPI stalwarts, facilitated the event that was attended by at least 40 participants from SeaPower Shipping Enterprises Inc., Positibong Marino Philippines, Inc. (PMPI), PhilSafe Marine Services, Inc., Fivestar Marine Services Corp., Fairview Shipping Corp., Technomar Crew Management Corp., ZONTA Club of Quezon City, Bargonfip Shipmanagement Inc., ST Ocean Philippines, Inc., SeaWorld Maritime Corp., Crew Care Inc., CBZ Medical Clinic, Sea Bird Shipmanagement Inc., Crewbenefit Inc., KAKAMMPI, Jebsens Maritime Inc., and the Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC).

Meanwhile, PNAC’s Rench Chaliongco delivered a lecture on the ‘HIV/AIDS Situation in the Philippines, while Dr. Nymia Pemintel Simbulan also from UP-Manila and PAFPI, discussed ‘RA 8504-Philippines AIDS Law’ and other related policies.

PMPI President Jebsen Gamido, likewise addressed the various issues confronting PLHIV seafarers.

What will you do if your family member or loved one who is living with HIV is down with flu? For those who are not immune-compromised, going down with flu is nothing to be worry about since over-the-counter flu medications, proper meals and rest will do the trick. Needless to say, you will see your loved one running and about in no time. But for people living with HIV (PLHIV), flu, fever, runny nose and cough are not to be taken lightly.

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Tree planting gives many benefits. It is a symbolism of new life to some, while it is therapeutic and relaxing to some. Planting a tree can give so many different meanings to different people, but regardless of the meaning that it holds, planting a tree or even a shrub is good for one’s health. Needless to say, it is also good for the environment.

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Maritime Schools Gearing Up to Intensify HIV and AIDS Education
Maritime Schools Gearing Up to Intensify HIV and AIDS Education
Maritime Schools Gearing Up to Intensify HIV and AIDS Education

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.

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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.

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In celebration of World AIDS Day 2015 last December 1, employees of MAC Cosmetic Philippines underwent an HIV education at MAC’s office at Buendia, Makati. “The basic HIV training was given to further enhance and update the knowledge of MAC employees on the HIV and AIDS situation in the Philippines,” says Celestino Ramirez, Vice President and Training Director of Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI).

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This year marks the celebration of the 15th year of continuous project sponsorship of the Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, Pasasalamat Fund and AusAID. Their continuous support in the maintenance and operation of the Abot Kamay Drop–in Centre (AKDC) allows Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) to provide appropriate psychosocial support services, counseling and home–based care services to people living with HIV (PLHIVs).

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Reports from the HIV and AIDS Registry of the Department of Health (DoH) shows that a total of 2,101 HIV cases from October 2012 to June 2015 were people who engage in transactional sex or people in prostitution. They belong to the sector of the most-at-risk along with the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and males having sex with males (MSM). “The rising number of HIV incidence in the Philippines calls for a more intensified HIV awareness education among the most-at-risk and this includes people who engage in transactional sex,” tells Rodel Navarra, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI).
 

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