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.
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.
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).
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).
Did you know that the 83% increase in the HIV incidence in the Philippines happened in the span of the last five years? According to the HIV and AIDS Registry of the Department of Health (DoH), the alarming increase was from January 2010 until 2015 and contributory to the increase is the sector of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) that even registered 8% in the total number of newly diagnosed last June 2015.
The record of new HIV incidence made news last July 2014 when the number reached 585, the highest incidence since 1984. But those who are working in the health sectors and non-government organizations knew that the number will not get any better. “The record of new HIV incidence will not get lower, but it’ll just worsen,” says Mr. Rodel Navarra, Chief Operating Officer of Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI). And true enough, the number of new cases last June 2015, one year after, reached an extremely alarming level at 772 new HIV cases. That’s a big jump from the 17 new HIV incidence per day in 2014 to 22 new HIV incidence in 2015.
Nick Magno, Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) staff under APHEDA project, attended a five-day Trainor’s Training on SAVE Approach. The training discussed the ways on how to overcome and eliminate stigma and discrimination. It also serves as a venue to address advocacy concerns on access to information, treatment, education, medication and comprehensive program on HIV and AIDS.
As the Bible says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This passage from Galatians 5:14 clearly relates that one should love one another and this includes caring for one another especially during times of crisis or illness. But what if the person who suffers from an illness is a blood relative? An immediate family who needs your care and support? For sure, you will go out of your way to care for that person and give him the most possible comfort that you can afford.
It is for this reason why immediate family members or the affected families (AFs) of the people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA), in order for them to provide proper care and support, attended a series of Home-based Care and Training & Workshop.