HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign Targets High-Risk Groups

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HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign

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The Asian Development Bank, the Philippine Department of Health,nongovernmental organizations and members of the private sector onMonday at a workshop in Manila, the Philippines, launched a campaign toraise HIV/AIDS awareness among high-risk groups in the country,UzReport.com reports. The campaign is part of ADB's Regional TechnicalAssistance for Fighting HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific project, whichis funded by the HIV/AIDS Cooperation Fund for Fighting HIV/AIDS inAsia and the Pacific.

According to UzReport.com, the campaignwill develop and test strategies to reduce harm caused by HIV/AIDS, aswell as develop capacity for HIV prevention and care among migrantworkers. The program also seeks to strengthen the national and localresponse to the disease among such groups. In addition, the programaims to provide support to the health department in developing morepractical approaches and interventions to reach these groups.

The health department has acknowledged the need to collaborate with other agencies and members of the Philippine National AIDS Councilto raise HIV/AIDS awareness among high-risk groups, UzReport.comreports. However, progress in assisting overseas Filipino workers hasbeen hampered by inefficient referral systems and limited access to HIVservices, such as voluntary counseling and treatment. The ADBassistance will be delivered through a team of consultants, along withthe local NGOs Action for Health Initiatives and the Remedios AIDS Foundation. The Philippines adult HIV prevalence is less than 0.1%, according to UzReport.com (UzReport.com, 7/3).

Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view theentire Kaiser DailyHIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, and sign up for email delivery at kaisernetwork.org/email . TheKaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service ofThe Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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