Map of central Luzon. (picture Sunstar)
FOUR medical facilities in Central Luzon were recently recognized for their achievements in providing care and treatment services to people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV.
At the culmination of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (IACM), the AIDS Society of the Philippines and Epidemic Control (EpiC) Philippines recognized the four HIV treatment centers in Central Luzon through the QUILTS (Quality Uptake and Improvements in Lifesaving Treatment Services).
Honorees include Bulacan Medical Center Luntian Silong as Care Liaison Champion and Differentiated Service Delivery and Case Management Champion; Meycauayan City HIV Primary Care Clinic for membership fee; and the Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital as an HIV rapid diagnostic algorithm facility.
Special thanks were also extended to the Department of Health Region III for its efforts to achieve the HIV targets.
The Regional TB-HIV Support Network (RTHSN) – Lakan Community Center in Mabalacat town was also cited for its valuable role in active case finding and transgender services.
The said institution contributed to the achievement of the 95-95-95 targets – 95% of people living with HIV know their status, 95% of people who know their status are receiving treatment and 95% of people on HIV treatment have suppressed viral load. load.
The QUILTS Awards are a partnership between the Department of Health and the United States Government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID ), in collaboration with the AIDS Society of the Philippines.
The judges selected the winners by examining the quality of the establishments’ services and their best practices for achieving positive results.
USAID Philippines Acting Deputy Mission Director Brandon Miller reiterated the US government’s commitment to help end the HIV epidemic in the Philippines.
“We hope that as we take stock of our accomplishments tonight, we will be invigorated to do more for the key populations we are here to serve,” said Miller, Acting Deputy Mission Director.
USAID, through its EpiC project, partners with more than 50 institutions in Metro Manila and surrounding areas to achieve control of the HIV epidemic. Through the QUILTS Awards, USAID and its partners hope to encourage the sharing of best practices and innovations for quality, people-centered HIV care.