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DOH calls conference to halt advance of HIV/AIDS in RP - Inquirer.net

DOH calls conference to halt advance of HIV/AIDS in RP

Posted April 07, 2010 18:42:00

Jerry E. Esplanada

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, PhilippinesHealth Secretary Esperanza Cabral is calling for a "national coordinated response" to prevent the further spread of HIV-AIDS in the country and is organizing a national conference for this purpose next Monday.

"Everyone should be involved in addressing the HIV-AIDS epidemic," said a DOH report furnished the Inquirer.

The department asserted that "intensifying the campaign at various levels of collaboration can help significantly in reinforcing education of the people about HIV prevention and control measures."

"HIV has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization and has been a biomedical as well as a social issue.

. This alarm must be transformed into behavior change and accountability for one's actionstaking charge of our own overall health," the DOH report said.

Next Monday, the multisectoral Philippine National AIDS Council, which Cabral chairs, is scheduled to hold a conference to "inform leaders of society about the HIV-AIDS situation in the country."

The one-day meeting also aims to convince these leaders to "scale up the national response to HIV-AIDS."


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