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.
SAVE is a prevention methodology which uses a holistic approach that incorporates: Safer Practices, Access to Treatment, Voluntary Counseling & Testing (VCT) and Empowerment.
The event held last July 27-31, 2015 at Mary Ridge Good Shepherd Convent and Retreat House, Tagaytay City was organized and facilitated by the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) with guest resource persons, Jane Njeri Mwaura Ng’ang’a of International Network of Religious Leaders Living and Affected with HIV and AIDS (INERELA+) Kenya and Fr. Johanness Petrus “JP” Mokgethi-Heath, Policy Advisor, Theology and HIV, Church of Sweden.
The workshop aims to develop a pool of facilitators and lecturers in which NCCP can tap for its programs to church members; and other partner organizations such as PAFPI to conduct their own education and awareness campaign on safer practices to prevent HIV transmission.