Panamá

AID FOR AIDS – PANAMÁ


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BRIEF OVERVIEW OF OUR HISTORY

AID FOR AIDS Panama, a local office of AID FOR AIDS International, has had a presence in the country since 2006, thanks to the support of the State of Panama through the Office of the First Lady, which has been one of the main sources of governmental support for the work we do. Since our arrival in Panama, AID FOR AIDS has been providing services through the administrative headquarters in Clayton. In 2007, AFA Panama inaugurated the first Center for Comprehensive Attention for Boys, Girls, and Adolescents with HIV or AIDS in Latin America through the Children’s Hospital. Since that time, we have implemented a number of programs focused on reducing the pandemic through empowerment and the development of capacities in order to improve the quality of life for some of the most vulnerable groups affected by the virus.

PROGRAMS OF AID FOR AIDS PANAMA

PREVENTION PROGRAM “HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HIV AND AIDS?””

“¿Cuánto Sabes?” (How Much Do You Know?) offers clear, correct, and current information to young people, health professionals, people with HIV and their family members, and to the general public. At the same time, it incorporates information on life skills—as determined by the World Health Organization—and promotes the erradication of stigma and discrimination towards people with HIV or AIDS. All of this is accomplished using neurolinguistic programming techniques. Through incorporating knowledge and skills in their daily lives, people become empowered with basic education in order to achieve a better quality of life and to appreciate the importance of leading healthy lifestyles.

ACCESS TO TREATMENT PROGRAM

This program provides antiretroviral treatment to people with HIV or AIDS who would otherwise not have access to such treatment, especially to latest-generation medicines that are not available in Panama. Thanks to this program, people with HIV or AIDS whose bodies are resistant to treatment regimens offered by the Ministry of Health and the Office of Social Security can have access to alternative types of life-saving antiretroviral treatments. Currently, we donate medication to 30 beneficiaries in Panama on a monthly basis, saving the State more than $500,000 in medicine annually.

COMPREHENSIVE ATTENTION PROGRAM FOR BOYS, GIRLS, AND ADOLESCENTS WITH HIV OR AIDS

The objective of this one-of-a-kind program in Panama is to offer guidance and emotional, social, and psycho-pedagogical support to boys, girls, and adolescents with HIV or AIDS and their family members. The program also offers tools to empower boys, girls, and adolescents regarding their lives and their health from an early age, to strengthen their adherence to medical treatment, and to reinforce their academic activities. All of this carried out by the Center for Comprehensive Attention to Boys, Girls, and Adolescents with HIV or AIDS, located inside of the Children’s Hospital since 2007.

2012 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  1. Access to Treatment provided monthly ARV treatment for 16 people
  2. Approximately $500,000 of ARVs were sent to beneficiaries
  3. 91 young “multiplying agents” and community leaders trained in HIV and AIDS prevention education
  4. Conducted talks on Prevention for Leaders and Agents for 6,381 peer educators and for the general population
  5. Offered services to 259 boys, girls, and adolescents with HIV (and their families) who are treated through the Children’s Hospital and the Social Security Office
  6. Offered comprehensive attention to a total of 3,713 people for the year
    -Carried out 39 workshops and 27 organized activities, which were attended by a total of 1,699 people
  7. Offered 55 psychological appointments, and 46 appointments for information on HIV
  8. In addition, 1,913 people visited the Center, during which time the beneficiaries update their personal information, become informed about program activities, and enjoy the Center’s facilities.
  9. For the third year in a row, we offered weekly classes to reinforce reading and writing with the support of ILVEM to a group of boys girls with HIV and to some of their siblings

OUR ALLIES

- ILVEM Panamá
- Fundación Sus Buenos Vecinos
- President of the Republic of Panama
- Office of the First Lady
- Universidad Interamericana de Panamá
- Students of the Universidad de Panamá and Universidad Latina
- Full Pizza
- Ministry of Social Development
- Niko’s Café
- Children’s Hospital
- ONUSIDA, Panamá- Costa Rica
- UNICEF Panamá
- UNFPA Panamá
- UNESCO
- OEA Panamá
- United Nations Office of Information in Panamá
- STRATEGO
- New Prints
- Defensoría del Pueblo
- Edda Designs
- National HIV Program
- COPA Airlines
- Ponte en Algo
- Ducruet
- USMA – Oficina de Servicio Social Universitario
- Boutique Promises
- Kids Zone
- Make a Wish
- Laboratorios Hansent
- Parque Municipal Summit
- Instituto Smithsonian
- Producciones A A
- Abbott Laboratories
- TVN Media
- CLARO Panamá
- Periódico El Venezolano
- Periódico San Francisco
- Periódico Panamá Construye
- Revista Venezuela Gráfica
- Revista INTUICION
- Panamá Flyer
- Localiza Tu medico. com
- Enterate.com.pa
- TVN Panamá
- MEDCOM
- Canal & Bay Tours
- Casa Bianca
- IDEL
- Air Panamá
- H. TZANETATOS
- Compañía BEARCOM
- Domino’s Pizza
- Cervecería Nacional
- Distribuidora Green Lite
- Colgate Palmolive
- Action Marketing
- Aquacai
- OFERTA SIMPLE
- STEPHEN Y CLAIRE PURDOM
- BIG & FUN PARTY
- Color Me Mine
- Fundación Telefónica
- Alcaldía de San Miguelito
- Junta Comunal de Parque Lefevre
- Colegio Real de Panamá
- Ministry of Public Works- Cinta Costera

CONTACT INFORMATION

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

Address: Clayton, Calle Maritza Alabarca, Casa 1000A. Ciudad de Panamá.
Telephone: 317-1583
Fax: 317-1361
Panama@aidforaids.org

CENTER FOR COMPREHENSIVE ATTENTION TO BOYS, GIRLS, AND ADOLESCENTS WITH HIV OR AIDS

Address: Hospital del Niño, Calle 34, Avenida Balboa, Consulta Especializada, Piso 1. Ciudad de Panamá.
Teléfono: 512-9834
Fax: 390-3299

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
PRESIDENT:
TREASURER:
OTHER BOARD MEMBERS:

OUR STAFF

Trina María Aguais
Director of Latin America and the Caribbean
taguais@aidforaids.org

Rita Banús
Consultant
rbanus@aidforaids.org

Roalmar Alviárez
Access to Treatment Program Coordinator
ralviarez@aidforaids.org

Heisel Mendoza
Education and Training  Coordinator
hmendoza@aidforaids.org

Nefthaly Montenegro
Psychologist
nmontenegro@aidforaids.org

Oderay Desruisseau
Administrative Assistant
oherrera@aidforaids.org

TO DONATE IN PANAMÁ:

Bank Account

Account Number: 03-02-01-055991-7
Account Type: Cuenta Corriente
Bank: Banco General
Make payments to: AID FOR AIDS Panamá

RECENT POST PANAMÁ

Panama – meeting to address policy interventions on HIV in Central American

Panama – meeting to address policy interventions on HIV in Central American

  • 10th November 2014
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Experts from the World Health Organization met in Panama a few days ago in order to discuss issues in relation to policies aimed at the prevention of HIV among adolescents. This is a breakthrough if taking into account that the region of Central American lacked of specific policies. “The issue of HIV is very sensitive and in adolescents cannot be approached in the same way as in adults,” said Victor Mejia, WHO consultant. “We have finally put the cards on the table with this issue,” he concluded. On the other hand, Enrique Vega, head of the Unidad Vida Saludable, said that discussions held during the past five years, in his opinion, also represent a breakthrough. “Today, the majority of countries in the region have a part dedicated to health in adolescents; however, five years ago they did not have this”, said Enrique Vega. Part of the meeting among the WHO…
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Panama – a song that teaches us not to discriminate

Panama – a song that teaches us not to discriminate

  • 20th October 2014
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In August this year, a group of musicians along with members of civil society organizations in Panama joined forces to launch a song with which they seek to raise awareness and reduce stigma and discrimination around HIV in Panama and Central America. Some of the passages of the song say “... Generation zero, I want to change. A new world with a great heart. Generation zero, no more discrimination...” In addition, the song calls for Panamanians to work together in order to build a more inclusive and respectful of country. “With this first effort, and many more, we want to raise awareness, but above all, to motivate everyone, so we all can achieve a country free of stigma and discrimination” expressed Yamilka Pitre, a Panamanian singer. Musical arrangements are by the Panamanian artist Jair Ruiz from Orquesta Café. Lyrics are by Saratiel Karrica and José González from PASMO Panama, and…
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AID FOR AIDS and Guna Yala together for an AIDS free generation!

AID FOR AIDS and Guna Yala together for an AIDS free generation!

  • 15th May 2014
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It is an endless feeling of happiness what we feel when we see our work has paid off. When we at AID FOR AIDS (AFA) dream of a goal, it does not take long before we see it coming true. That's what happened when we dreamed of opening the first ¿Cuánto Sabes? Prevention and Training Center in the Guna Yala indigenous community, located in Panama. In addition to the happiness we received by achieving this new goal, it is important to highlight that AFA is the first NGO to reach this community. We knocked on the door, and they let us into their amazing community, so we can all together achieve, not only an AIDS free generation, but a responsible, active and supportive world. The opening of the ¿Cuánto Sabes? Center was held on April 26. We had the special participation of Miss Universe 2009, Stefanía Fernández, as well as…
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AID FOR AIDS commemorates World AIDS Day Across its Offices

AID FOR AIDS commemorates World AIDS Day Across its Offices

  • 2nd December 2013
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This December 1st, people gathered around the world for World AIDS Day. Each year, this day is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people with HIV, and to remember those whose lives have been lost due to AIDS. AID FOR AIDS commemorated World AIDS Day throughout its offices in Latin America and the Caribbean to raise awareness and bring communities together. Mexico City commemorated World AIDS Day by illuminating 25 monuments with red lighting throughout the city. Important monuments such as the Ángel de la Independencia, and the National Museum shone for everyone throughout the city to see. AID FOR AIDS teamed up with Fundación México Vivo for the lighting of the monuments. Illuminating these monuments is an opportunity for everyone who has been affected by HIV, and everyone who has worked for the advance of treatment of HIV to raise…
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