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US awards 7 facilities, orgs for helping combat HIV

June 13, 2022 Cristina Lee-Pisco 318 views

THE United States recently partnered with the Department of Health and the AIDS Society of the Philippines to recognize seven facilities and organizations that made exceptional contributions to the country’s Humsn Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) treatment efforts.

Through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the facilities were awarded in different categories such as: Linkage to Care Champion – Bulacan Medical Center; Treatment and Care, Adherence Award – Meycauayan Social Hygiene Clinic and Batangas Medical Center; Treatment and Care, Recall Award – SHIP and SAIL Clinics; Treatment and Care, Early Adopter Award – Laguna Medical Center; Top Rapid HIV Diagnostic Algorithm Facility – Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital; and Differentiated Service Delivery and Case Management Champion – Bulacan Medical Center.

The award was given during the inaugural “Quality Uptake and Improvements in Lifesaving Treatment Services” (QUILTS) Awards held last May 31.

Judges selected the winners by reviewing the quality of the facilities’ services and their best practices for achieving positive outcomes.

USAID Philippines Acting Deputy Mission Director Brandon Miller reiterated the U.S. government’s commitment to help end the HIV epidemic in the Philippines.

“It is our hope that as we take stock of our accomplishments tonight, we are reinvigorated with the drive to do more for the key populations we are here to serve,” said Miller.

USAID, through its Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project, partners with more than 50 facilities in Metro Manila and surrounding areas to achieve HIV epidemic control.

Through the QUILTS Awards, USAID and partners hope to encourage the sharing of best practices and innovations for quality, person-centered HIV care.

The Philippine PEPFAR program is implemented by USAID, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, and the U.S. Department of Defense.