Wednesday, November 26, 2008

World AIDS Day Activities in the Philippines

Here's an initial list of the World AIDS Day activities in the Philippines. If you want your activity to be posted, please send the details to Ms. Ced Apilado here. She is the Social Mobilization Adviser of UNAIDS Philippines.

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Philippines World AIDS Day 2008

By: Mark Alvin L. Abrigo, RN
Source: World AIDS Campaign

Statement of Solidarity against HIV/AIDS
Over a span of a decade, our country still maintains its record within a level categorized as a low prevalent country in terms of HIV and AIDS. The present prevalence rate of our country remains a record low. On the other hand, the Philippines should remain to be vigilant and carefully watch the looming effects of this global concern. As reflected by the present character of the Filipino population, our society is relatively influenced and challenged by cultural diversities, economic hardships, hasty migration, and sexual identity issues. High-risk groups of the population become emerging priority concerns such as migrant workers, seafarers, female sex workers, men who have sex with men, youth population and a plenty of drug users.

Today, we are sounding off a strong voice that Red Cross is a part of an alliance and a campaign against HIV/AIDS. We are taking part in this campaign as an advocate in helping the affected population beset by the effects of HIV/AIDS and an active key player in the area of prevention and risk reduction. As one of its priority health issues, PNRC shall, as ONE organization, involve its services, in particular but not limited to, the Community Health and Nursing Services, Red Cross Youth, Social Services, and Blood Services towards a more strategic and effective HIV/AIDS Programme. We shall renew relationships with government and non-government organizations to make our programs more responsive to the needs and gaps.

We call on those people affected with HIV and AIDS to remain steadfast. The Filipino nation along with PNRC recognizes the need to respond to their special needs. Your role in society is not rendered meaningless. It gives you a noble opportunity to carry out a challenge to send everybody a warning. A stern reminder that irresponsible action can make other people infected.

We call on everyone to remain vigilant towards preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS. A constant public health threat continues to plague our society thus PNRC should blow its horn as a beacon of humanity to take the lead in combating the spread of HIV and AIDS.

We call for an understanding of people affected with HIV/AIDS. Communities should realize its common responsibility of respecting everyone’s right. A person living with HIV and AIDS deserves a place in the society and should be given opportunities to live with human dignity.

As an organization with its roots in the community, we are conveying our statement of commitment to take responsibility in fighting and curbing the disease and in helping people especially those affected by HIV and AIDS. To ensure that this call shall be put into action, we shall engage in partnerships with those who can teach us how we can serve better in line with achieving our major health goals thus contribute to the goals of the entire Health Sector. This action is part of the PNRC’s continued commitment to alleviating human suffering at all levels and in vulnerable situations.

2008 World AIDS Day

The 1st of December, World AIDS Day, is the day when individuals and organisations from around the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Whilst we have come a long ways since 1988, there is still much more to be done.

World AIDS Day 2008 materials are available online. Click here to download resources.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

1st National Young People's Planning Forum on HIV-AIDS

1st National Young People's Planning Forum on HIV-AIDS

The Council for the Welfare of Children’s Committee on Children and HIV and AIDS in partnership with UNICEF will hold the 1st National Young People’s Planning Forum on November 28-29, 2008.

This forum builds on the experiences and recommendations of the young delegates at various international, regional and national Congresses and Consultations, to recognize that children and young people are an emerging population becoming more vulnerable to STI/HIV and AIDS.

Organization with/of children and young people are invited to send nominations for this forum to meaningfully and ethically involve themselves as active participants in the National AIDS response to HIV and AIDS. With a clear mandate and adequate preparation processes, their participation will be fully maximized in this forum.

To join, organizations should prepare the following:
• Brief write-up or CV of the nominee
• Informed consent signed by the nominee and his/her parents/carer
• Waiver
• From the organization, brief write-up of organization plan in relation to the forum.

Deadline for submission is on November 10th, 12 noon.
Please download the Invitation Letter and Concept Notes. Details of selection criteria are on pages 6-8.

NYPPF Concept Note

NYYPF Invitation

You may send your entries by email, fax or snail mail:

Postal Address: 17-17A Casmer Apartments, Del Pilar corner D. Jose Sts., Brgy San Roque, Cubao, Quezon City 1109
Telephone: +632 913 3464
Telefax: +632 911 7867

Source: Kabataan News