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Quezon City and UNAIDS unite against HIV

Zimmbodilion Mosende

The Quezon City Government and UNAIDS Philippines Country Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 25 May, which aims to accelerate and expand the city’s response to HIV and end its AIDS epidemic by 2030.

The UN Package of Support to QC includes:
1 Investment Planning, Donors Forum, and Partnership Forum so that QC’s investment needs on HIV are identified and updated, financing options identified, resources are mobilized and resource gaps are closed, and partnerships enhanced;
2 Progress Review and Strategic Planning Workshop (PIR), Development of monitoring tools and database so that QC’s HIV program progress are monitored and key interventions enhanced
3 Review and amendment of HIV ordinance to ensure QC’s policy on AIDS is enhanced and relevant to emerging epidemic
4 Production of strategic information specifically epidemiological data, estimates, and projections through Geographical and programmatic mapping, Population estimates and projections, In-depth analysis of surveillance data, Strategic communication through website and social media, and Dissemination forums.
.5 Introduction or pilot testing of best practices or innovative solutions to HIV prevention program specifically iReport (iMonitor mobile application) and Community-based HIV testing to ensure QC HIV program are accelerated and quality assured.

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Standing from left
Dr. Verdades Linga, City Health Officer, QC Health Department
Hon. Bayani Hipol - City Councilor - District 4
Hon. Gian Sotto - City Councilor - District 3
Hon. Godofredo Liban Sr. - City Councilor - District 2
Vice Mayor Josefina Joy Belmonte
Hon Alan Francisco - City Councilor - District 5
Mr. Zimmbodilion Mosende - UNAIDS Strategic Information Adviser
Mayor Herbert Bautista - City Mayor
Ms. Teresita Marie Bagasao - UNAIDS Country Director

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Mayor Bautista, Ms Bai and the QC Health Department Heads, Supervisors, District Officers, and staff headed by Dr. Verdades Linga.

11:23 PM

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PNAC organizes 5th Basic M&E Training

Zimmbodilion Mosende

PNAC, in collaboration with UNAIDS and DCAAP, conducted the 5thy batch of Basic M&E Training in Baguio City on 5-10 June 2012. There were 24 participants representing 14 organizations, including 7 sites.

10:30 PM

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The Philippines prepare for GARPR 2012

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PNAC organizes workshop to develop the 2010 Philippine AIDS Response Report to the UN aka 2012 Global AIDS Response Report (GARPR). Representatives from both government and civil society organizations have been invited.

The government group reviewing the national commitments and policy instruments (NCPI) on HIV.

6:48 PM

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2012 Global AIDS Response Progress Reporting (GARPR)

Zimmbodilion Mosende

At the 2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS that took place in June in New York, Member States adopted a new Political Declaration which contained new targets to effectively respond to the AIDS epidemic. The new Political Declaration mandated UNAIDS to support countries in reporting back on progress made towards achieving the new commitments. It also provided for the UN Secretary-General to report regularly to the General Assembly on progress achieved in realizing these commitments

The core indicators for country progress reporting have been revised to reflect the new targets set out in the 2011 Political Declaration on AIDS. This page contains information on technical guidance and tools for aiding the preparation of the 2012 country progress reports.

UNAIDS encourages UN Member States to continue their outstanding record of reporting on national progress on AIDS (182 out of 192 Member States in 2010) and to submit their next Country Progress Reports on AIDS by 31 March 2012.

Reporting Guidelines
Provides essential information on core indicators that measure the effectiveness of the national response. These guidelines will also help ensure the consistency and transparency of the process used by national governments.
* Guidelines: Construction of Core Indicators for monitoring the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS
* Download summary of indicators
* Frequently Asked Questions

Data Entry Tool
Countries can submit their data directly through an online reporting tool. Use of this tool requires an internet connection and includes features to facilitate data entry, submission management, and data sharing with relevant stakeholders.

7:39 PM

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HIV M&E Products

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Creating an enabling environment for monitoring and evaluation
2010 UNGASS Guidelines
2010 NASA Taxonomy

2001 Declaration of Commitment to Fight AIDS

1:48 AM

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National HIV Surveillance System of the Philippines

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AIDS Registry

To keep track of the epidemiology of HIV and AIDS, the DOH maintained a passive surveillance system, the AIDS Registry. The registry continuously logs Western blot-confirmed HIV cases reported by hospitals, laboratories, blood banks, and clinics. Unfortunately, the number of subjects tested by year cannot be ascertained and, therefore, rates cannot be calculated. Likewise, data input into the registry is limited, because mandatory HIV testing is prohibited by Philippine laws, and voluntary counseling-and-testing services for HIV is limited. Thus, the registry may not be fully sensitive to capturing potential HIV cases.

2009 Monthly Report [click here]
2010 Monthly Report [click here]
2011 Monthly Report [click here]

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Integrated HIV Behavioral and Serologic Surveillance (IHBSS)

In 2004, the NEC of the Department of Health and Family Health International undertook an evaluation of the current HIV surveillance system and made recommendations for adopting new methodologies and questionnaires to improve the capacity of the system to detect emerging localized epidemics and measure behaviors that put populations at risk for HIV transmission. The recommendations were accepted and the revised Integrated HIV Behavioral and Serologic Surveillance (IHBSS) system was implemented in 2005.

The overall purpose of the Philippines integrated HIV and behavioral surveillance system is to provide data to improve the country response to the epidemic with the following specific objectives:

• Quantifying the magnitude of HIV infection
• Understanding how HIV is spreading - or might potentially spread
• Assisting in HIV/AIDS program planning
• Advocating for prevention and care services
• Aiding in program evaluation

Download: 2005 IHBSS Report | 2007 IHBSS Report | 2009 IHBSS Report

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National Epidemiology Center

The National Epidemiology Center (NEC), managing AIDS Registry and IHBSS, is tasked to develop and evaluate surveillance systems and other health information systems: collect, analyze and disseminate reliable and timely information on the health status; investigate disease outbreak and other threats to public health, network of public health laboratories in support of epidemiological and surveillance activities.

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Updated: 2011-11-16 zym

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The Three Ones as of 2011

Zimmbodilion Mosende

ONE Coordinating Body
ONE Strategic Plan

ONE Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System
Creating an enabling environment for monitoring and evaluation
Generating accurate, timely, and relevant HIV data
Intensifying HIV research and evaluation
Increasing HIV response data demand and information use

10:17 PM

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Philippine National Consultation: Universal Access to Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support


10 Years After UNGASS

The United Nations General Assembly, at its 65th session, adopted resolution /RES/65/18- of December 20, 2010 which decided, inter alia, to convene a high level meeting (HLM) from June 8-10, 2011 to undertake a comprehensive review of progress realizing the Declaration Commitment on HIV and AIDS (2001) and the Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS (2006). The Resolution further calls upon the United Nations System, including the regional commissions, to consider initiatives in support of the preparatory process and the HLM.

To contribute to the regional consultation on March 30-31, 2011 and to the preparatory process for the HLM in June 8-10, a national consultation on Universal Access to Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support was held in Fersal Place Hotel, Quezon City on March 22, 2011.

The objectives of the national consultation are to:

1. Facilitate a multisector review of progress achieved in the Philippines

2. Identify challenges, gaps, and the way forward in efforts to ensure universal access to prevention, treatment care and support to all Filipinos by 2015.

3. Promote dialogue between health and other sectors, such as justice and drug control, to address policy and legal barriers to universal access.

The Consultation was attended by over 30 participants from non-government organizations, government agencies, and development partners. Participants came from Davao, Ormoc, Cebu, Zamboanga, Bicol, Baguio, and Metro Manila.

HAIN organized the consultation in partnership with Philippine National AIDS Council and with support from UNAIDS.

Attending the Regional Consultation in Bangkok are:

1. Cong. Kaka Bag-ao, Akbayan Representative

2. Atty. , Dangerous Drugs Board

3. Dr. Fercito Avelino, Philippine National AIDS Council Secretariat

4. Mr. Jonas Bagas, TLF-SHARE Collective

1. Four-page briefer on the progress of UA
2. Full report on the progress of UA
3. Proceedings of the Consultation

Availability of these documents will be announced. Requests may be forwarded to hain@hain.org or call 952-6409 or 9526312.

11:43 PM

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PNAC organizes National M&E Curriculum Development Workshop

Zimmbodilion Mosende

PNAC National M&E Working Group
Crown Regency Hotel, Davao City
27-29 October 2010

Module 1 [module] [powerpoint] [terminologies]
Module 2 [module] [powerpoint]
Module 3 [module] [powerpoint] [Philippine M&E Workplan]
Module 4 [module] [powerpoint]
Module 5 [module] [powerpoint]
Module 6 [module] [powerpoint]

"Congratulations... I take this as a very good work in progress... I hope that this core M&E team will be retained... " (DILG-LGA Participant)

"Kahit hindi ko naiintindihan lahat, kasi hindi ako ang point person sa M&E... kasi kulang staff namin, kasi volunteers lang po kami... walang suweldo... gagawin namin ang lahat ng makakaya na magkaroon ng kalaaman on M&E" (PPA Participant)

"I just would like to let you know that your efforts are well appreciated. Inaamin namin na kulang ang HIV M&E capabilities namin... so kailangan rin namin ng tulong... so tulong-tulong na lang tayo!" (DOLE-OSHC Participant)

"Thank you for accommodating 3 participants from DSWD... this is a very good start... congratulations... we at DSWD is inspired more... this is a very good achievement. Be assured of our 101% support!" (DSWD Participant 1)

"Thank you PNAC for inviting us... we are now clear on where we are. Thank you too for accommodating our questions and concerns. I look forward to future workshops like this!" (DSWD Participant 2)

"Personnaly, I'd like to thank the training team... talaga naman, lahat tayo na-enlighten sa mga kakulangan natin... as sa future activities na sana ma-inspire pa tayo. I would like to encourage everyone, especially Dr. Jojo that your efforts are not in vain!" (DSWD Participant 3)

"Thank your for accommodating 3 participants from DSWD... this is a very good start... congratulations... we at DSWD is inspired more... this is a very good achievement. Be assured of our 101% support" (DSWD Participant 1)

"Maraming salamat sa pagtangap sa akin... outlier ako kasi from the site ako. Thanks sa PNAC... congratulations. Malaking tulong sa akin, lalo na sa City namin, on how to establish or improve our M&E system. Malaking tulong din ito na naintindihan ko ang mga ginagawa ng National Agencies, kasi talagang iba dito sa baba [LGU] na palagi kaming nagwa-wonder kung ano ang ginagawa sa taas... ngayon, makaka-relate na ako" (LGU Participant)

"Natutuwa ako kasi all are excited... It gives me a lot of hope na may magandang patutunguhan ang AMTP5 at hindi siya imo-monitor na retrospect na 'ay palpak pala tayo 3 years ago'... and malaking bunot ng tinik, kasi hindi na kami mag-isang magtatrabaho sa HIV.. kasi maasahan ko na kayo. Ang DOH po ay aasa na hindi po siya nag-iisa na lang in the next 5 years... malaki po ang tulong na maibibigay ng bawat ahensiya sa DOH " (DOH-NEC Participant)

"At least maliwanag na... para sa akin, dapat mai-document ito, para mabalikan ito. Kung me resulta na ang M&E, sana maging patient tayo sa ating mga boss na minsan hindi pinapansin. At least, puedeng balikan!" (DILG Participant)

"Hopefully with these, matulungan ang bawat PNAC member na makapag-report ng accomplishments nila" (TUCP Participant)

"Thank you very much! Karamihan naman kasi work in progress... nag-i-evolve tayo eh... hopefully you will get the report you will need from DEPED!" (DEPED Participant)

"This is my first time... I have still to study. Sana hindi lang sa papel... kundi para talaga sa country. Rest assured that I will contribute... just feel free to contact me! " (House of Representatives Participant)

"Ako'y nagpapasalamat sa lahat... nakikita na namin ngayon na malaki ang responsibilidad ng ASP as Chair of the Scientific Committee. Kailangan naming pag-usapan ang importance ng M&E." (ASP Participant)

"Thank you everyone for inviting NEDA. Rest assured that NEDA's continuity of representation and support will happen!" (NEDA Participant)

"Gusto kong magpasalamat for inviting me here. Congratulations to PNAC for pursuing the capacity building efforts on M&E. Congrats to the team who drafted the curriculum... it is not easy. Congratulations to all of your contributions... it will enhance the modules. This is just part of birthing pains... don't be discouraged. Marami pa darating... pero mas gaganda. " (UP Participant)

"Salamat po... natutuwa ako kasi mahal ko ang M&E. Everytime it is a challenge... bawat challenge po me tagumpay. Kahit di makamit ang target... me learning!" (GFATM Participant)

10:14 PM

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Component 11. HIV Evaluation and Research

Zimmbodilion Mosende

Improve HIV Evaluation and Research (Component 11)
11. HIV Evaluation and Research

Links and Updates:
2009 HIV Research Database - www.unaids.org.ph/hivresearch
2010 HIV Research Blog (Database) - http://hivresearchphilippines.blogspot.com/

7:07 PM

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National STIR-UP for HIV (Part 2)

Zimmbodilion Mosende

The National Epidemiology Center (NEC) of the Department of Health (DOH) in collaboration with the National AIDS and STI Prevention and Control Program (NASPCP) also of the DOH is conducting the Second Strategic Information and Response Level-Up Planning (STIR-UP) Workshop from 23-27 August 2010 at the Kimberly Hotel, Amadeo, Cavite.

The workshop is participated in by the 15 of the 17 regional teams composed of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Officers, Regional STI Coordinators and Provincial Health Team Leaders. The teams will be consolidating the results of the recently concluded Rapid Assessment of Vulnerability (RAV) to HIV of selected LGUs which were conducted from May to July 2010. The RAV results will be used to enhance the regional health sector plans particularly identification of key techncial assistance needed by LGUs.

The following partners are supporting the NEC and NASPCP in facilitating the workshop: PNAC, USAID-HealthGov, GFATM, WHO, UNAIDS, ACHIEVE, HAIN, and QC Health Department.

Dr. Gerad Belimac of NASPCP delivering a presentation on Health Systems Strengthening.

Participants listen to the site presentation of Regional RAV Results.

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For more information contact about the RAV and STIR-UP email hivepicenter@gmail.com