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DOH Recorded 629 Newly Diagnosed HIV Cases for April 2017
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DOH Recorded 629 Newly Diagnosed HIV Cases for April 2017

Department of Health (DOH) HIV and AIDS Registry show that April 2017 recorded a total of 629 newly diagnosed HIV cases with an average of 27 diagnosed per day.. The April numbers saw a staggering jump from the 526 and 600 record last January and February respectively. Most newly diagnosed came from the National Capital Region (NCR) with 37% followed by Region 4A with 17% and Region 3 with 9%.

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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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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.
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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.
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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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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.

On the eve of the 65th Annual Miss Universe Coronation, let me express our deepest thanks and appreciation to the Miss Universe Organization for choosing PAFPI as a channel for its philanthropic efforts, through its partner, Pass It Forward.We especially take utmost pride and joy in our indefatigable and exquisite queen, Miss Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, who, as early as in her winning response during the 2015 Q&A portion, had deemed HIV/AIDS-advocacy a worthy cause. Indeed, the most beautiful woman in the universe not only is blessed with an elegant surface but also, and more importantly, with wisdom and a pure heart.

Moreover, it comes as a much-welcome coincidence that one of our strongest allies and benefactors for the past seven years, M.A.C. Cosmetics Phils., has teamed up with MUO for this year’s pageant. I must confess I had to constantly ask myself why those in the business of beauty gravitate towards HIV-charity.

On behalf of the trustees and the entire PAFPI family, I salute you, partners, and wish you continuing success in all endeavors. Rest assured that your support will go a long and beautiful way in advancing a Philippine society that truly cares for and empowers people living with HIV/AIDS.

Sincerely,
(Sgd.) Carlo Martin R. Alcala

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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.

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