The love month is here and it is also the time when cupid runs wild. The spell of Venus coupled with the naughtiness of Cupid was a vicious combination that inflicts couples and lovers. Steaming passion consequently shoots the sales of temporary love nests to skyrocket high. But along with it is the increasing chances of HIV infections among hot blooded people wallowing in casual encounters. Needless to say, possibilities of getting infected with HIV is high among people who do not take precautions and use condom for protection.
The holiday season is the time for love and sharing especially to those who needed it most. And this season, Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) through the support of MAC AIDS Fund conducted a gift giving activity to the patients confined in the H4 Ward at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila last December 15, 2014.
PAFPI’s President Joshua Formentera, Ma. Cristina Culaste and other staff and volunteers of PAFPI brought holiday cheers to 19 patients currently confined in the H4 Ward. “These patients need our care and love especially this holiday season. Most of them are having a hard time coping up financially because being confined in a hospital due to different opportunistic infections is no walk in the park,” Formentera shared.
Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) in partnership with Loveyourself, Inc. are in the process of developing and constructing of another clinic for HIV testing and
prevention under the 3S Project in Pasig City. PAFPI, on behalf of Loveyourself, Inc. hereby request for expression of interest from eligible and competent contractors to submit pre-qualification information for construction / refurbishment of clinics in Pasig City, which includes the following major components:
a. Make measurements of the rented space for the clinics
b. Design effective floor plan for efficient clinic operation
c. Construction of the space and interior finishing
d. Refurbishment and installation of fixture (air-con, etc.)
e. Electrical Installations.
INVITATION TO BID: Ethnographic Study of Males who have Sex with Males (MSM) based on the Results of the Venue-Specific Analysis of the 2013 IHBSS
Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI), an organization currently working as Sub Recipient on the Monitoring and Evaluation as well as Treatment, Care and Support Component to the Global Fund Round 6 (GFR6) HIV and AIDS Project in the Philippines, with the Department of Health (DOH) as Principal Recipient, is currently organizing the hiring of Consultant to implement an Ethnographic Study of Males who have Sex with Males (MSM) based on the results of the venue-specific analysis of the 2013 Integrated HIV Behavioral and Serologic Surveillance (IHBSS).
Contributed by: Joan delos Reyes Bassig
When you’re burnt out from work, what do you do? When you’ve come to realize that no matter how much you love what you do, working 12 hours a day will not bring you success the way you thought it would. What now?
I decided to volunteer. I had a good talk with a friend of mine whom I haven’t seen for a year. He’s been doing volunteer work at PAFPI and he showed me his plans to help PAFPI become a sustainable NGO. Growing up, my mom would encourage us to volunteer to various churches and school activities. So I thought, this should be pretty straightforward.
It was not; it was more like learning a new culture, with its own language and expressions. Every Friday at PAFPI takes me to the Land of Sailor-moon, costume play and the like. Sex is always the hottest topic, next to hot celebrities and beauty pageants, both local and international. Now and then someone would start to catwalk and everyone else would follow suit. Suddenly, a flash of nostalgia would creep up, of a life that was. I can feel their pain, it’s overwhelming. I am learning a lot from these people; life, love, acceptance, family, sacrifice, hope and so much more. I love every minute of it.
One of the most prominent ways in order for college professors to give their students a high grade is a research paper or a thesis containing a topic untouched by many. This is what transpired for the past few months of seeing students from different universities, come and go at the drop-in centers of Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI).
to be assigned at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSSMC),
Please send your resume to:
Mr. Rodel G. Navarra
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Contributed by: Renee (Malate, Manila: April 7, 2014)
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I was given the opportunity to share my story to several doctors, midwives and nurses for a Tuberculosis and HIV Collaboration Seminar in Angeles, Pampanga last week. By the time I entered the venue I have no idea what to expect since that was only my second time to disclose about my situation. I was nervous and shaking. One doctor even asked me to keep it natural and relaxed.
It feels like I’m about to dive deep in the middle of an ocean full of sharks about to devour my soul. The speaker gave a signal and I joined the participants who were seated in a circular manner. All I saw was their eyes looking at me and waiting for my first few words. I almost choked on my own words, but felt as if I’ve been doing this for a long time as I continue to utter the phrases I needed.
There is no level at which I can describe the elation of disclosing my status as an HIV positive individual to several people I have never met before. I remember the time when I denied all allegations about me being HIV positive. Looking back at myself and comprehending my journey made me realize how clueless I was back then about HIV or AIDS. All my fears flushed down the toilet as they were replaced by an emerging feeling of confidence and strength to continue living a positive and normal life.
The Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) being the Sub–recipient of the Department of Health for the continuing project implementation of the Global Fund HIV Project through the New Funding Model – Interim Funding Mechanism (NFM–IFM) from August 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015. It is in this regard that PAFPI is looking for Sub–sub Recipient (SSR) to implement and deliver intervention activities under the 3S Expansion Project focusing males who have sex with males (MSM). This is for immediate hiring.
Interested organization should possess the following qualifications:
In addition, applicants must also demonstrate following:
Activities to be conducted will be in accordance with the approved Global Fund TFM NFM–IFM work and financial plan.
Interested party or organizations is requested to send their expression of interest address to PAFPI President/CEO Mr. Joshua T. Formentera on or before February 7, 2014:
An assessment of the prospective organization shall be conducted by PAFPI including representative/s from the technical unit of the Department of Health upon receipt of the required documents.
The number of people in the Philippines infected of HIV is rising fast. It speedily rise just like the turning of wheel in a city bustling of loud noises yet unaware of the threat of the infection. With this, Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) thought of a strategy that could reach and educate the people who ride into the public vehicles.