Weʼre raising £10,000 to Help fund a Resource and Education centre for the LGBTQIA+ community in Tomas Oppus, island of Southern Leyte in the Philippines
- Tomas Oppus, Southern Leyte, Philippines
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In aid for rising HIV infection in rural Philippines
HIV cases in the Philippines is steadily rising among the very young. Sexual health education is completely lacking including the very essential health services among infected with HIV and it is taking the dignity and lives of innocent hopeful young people. I saw this happening after visiting my birth town of Tomas Oppus.
What we need is a resource centre where young people can access free educational, peer-to-peer and psychological support to increase level of understanding of sexually transmitted diseases, lessen stigmatisation and prevent the spread of infection. The level of understanding about HIV and AIDs among young people in my hometown as I had been talking to many is both limited and confounding. This is mainly because of inadequate safe sex education given among the young population in the community and in school. Because of poor awareness of the disease, people with HIV are being shunned from their friends and families. Most often the LGBTQIA+ is being stigmatised for the growing increase of HIV cases in the island.
Your financial help will be used for extensive information dissemination in various schools and in rural communities regarding HIV/STIs prevention and safer sex. It will fund a resource and education centre for the town and the provision of free health check and free condoms and to kick start the LGBTQIA+ community of which is yet to be organised.
"At present there are no existing private or public clinical services in the country that focus on health services for MSM."
Research Paper: http://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(15)00135-6/pdf
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Tomas Oppus, Southern Leyte, Philippines
I am a nurse working in Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, Dublin Ireland since 2001. Before moving abroad I worked in my hometown of Tomas Oppus Southern Leyte Philippines as a rural health nurse. I am now 42 yrs old and looking to help back the community where I grew up.
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