Seminar/Philippines: Philippines response to HIV/AIDS

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Subject: Seminar/Philippines: Philippines response to HIV/AIDS
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Nov 24 1999 - 12:39:19 EST


A seminar by Dr Roderick Poblete of the Philippine National AIDS Council
Secretariat

Philippines Response to HIV/AIDS

The Philippines is a country of low HIV prevalence and slow spread. There
is estimated to be only around 25,000 people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs)
in the country.,

And yet the response to HIV/AIDS has been characterised by strong high
level political leadership, particularly during the term of President
Ramos. This culminated in the passage of the Philippines AIDS Law early in
1998.

UNAIDS have cited the Philippines AIDS Law as an example of best practice
in responding to HIV/AIDS. The Law seeks to protect the human rights of
PLWHAs through measures such as outlawing discrimination and requiring
protection of confidentiality. This legal protection has the potential to
facilitate HIV prevention through improving access to services for PLWHAs
and people at risk of infection.

Dr Roderick Poblete of the Philippine National AIDS Council Secretariat
will provide a briefing on the Law and the Council's role in its
implementation.

Further information on the law can be found at the following two sites:
http://www.doh.gov.ph/aids/index.htm
http://members.xoom.com/jonmedel/pnac/pnac.htm

WHEN: 2-3 pm Friday 19 November
WHERE Seminar Room GR1, AusAID House, Northbourne Ave., Canberra

For more information contact:
Peter Lockey, Multilateral Agencies and International Health, AusAID
Phone 026206 4992
Dr Pamela Thomas
Director
Development Studies Network
Research School of Social Sciences
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
Australia

Phone: 61 (0) 2 62492466 / 2 62798257
Fax: 61 (0) 2 62799785
email: devnetwork@anu.edu.au
Web site: http://devnet.anu.edu.au

Melanie Orhant

morhant@igc.org
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