Archive for August, 2011

The drive is over, but the work goes on

The drive is over, but the work goes on

  • 31st August 2011
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AID FOR AIDS’ August medication drive officially ended last Thursday, and we are pleased to announce a significant uptick in donations from the weeklong recycling campaign. Meanwhile, unused and unexpired medicines are continuing to arrive at our New York office, where we are testing and shipping them off to needy recipients in the developing world. On behalf of our entire staff and all our clients who depend on these medications for their daily survival, we deeply thank those who responded to our call for donations. We hope that this drive represented the beginning of many long-term relationships between AFAI and AIDS service organizations across the country. We are still getting applications from potential clients in Latin America and the Caribbean, which we would like to fill as soon as possible.  We need your ongoing support to meet the growing need for life-saving ARV therapy and to continue serving our existing…
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Gerardo Duran— A Fortunate Man

Gerardo Duran— A Fortunate Man

  • 29th August 2011
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Eight years ago, 37 year-old Gerardo Duran was living the good life in Santiago, Chile. His career was going well, he was in a loving and stable romantic relationship, and he was feeling pretty secure about his future.  But those carefree days came to an abrupt end in December 2003, when he tested positive for HIV at a local health screening. “It was a very hard time for me,” recalls Gerardo. “I went into shock when I got the news. I knew nothing about HIV, except that I was afraid and confused.” Gerardo’s medical condition grew much worse. Hospitalized with pneumonia and a severely weakened immune system, doctors told him he needed to begin antiretroviral (ARV) therapy immediately, or risk death. However, in Chile at that time, there was a long waiting list for ARV treatment.  Gerardo simply did not have the time to wait. Fortunately, one of his good…
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Calling All Volunteers!

Calling All Volunteers!

  • 24th August 2011
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In an effort to expand one of our most innovative and effective programs, AID FOR AIDS International’s New York Immigrant AIDS Link (NYIAL) is seeking Spanish-speaking volunteers to conduct HIV testing, run HIV prevention seminars and perform individual counseling at several Latin American/Caribbean (LAC) consulates in New York City. Currently, NYIAL is running the program in the Mexican Consular office, but at least four other countries have expressed interest in hosting the service at their New York consulates.  “It’s been one of my most rewarding experiences at AID FOR AIDS,” says David Mosquera, an outreach volunteer who works at the Mexican consulate two days a week. “You really have the opportunity to interact with a lot of people and provide them with potentially life-saving information.” Volunteers interested in conducting HIV testing are required to take the New York City Department of Health’s “HIV-101” basic training course, a second training course…
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Medication Drive Kicks In

Medication Drive Kicks In

  • 22nd August 2011
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AID FOR AIDS’ weeklong Medicine Drive is starting to shift into high gear, with the arrival of nine boxes of recycled antiretroviral medication. The medications are already being tested, prior to shipment to needy recipients throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. “We’re off to a promising start,” noted Liliana Velasquez, AFAI’s marketing and recycling manager. “Clearly, our message is being heard by individuals and AIDS organizations across the country. But the real test won’t come this week…it’ll come in the weeks and months ahead when we see the fruits of an ongoing awareness campaign. ” Just a quick reminder to donors:  Before sending medications to our New York office, please double- check to make sure all the medicine in the shipment is unexpired. On behalf of our staff and our clients in the developing world, we thank all who have responded to the donation drive, and hope that this strong…
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So Long, But Not Goodbye Ximena

So Long, But Not Goodbye Ximena

  • 17th August 2011
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The New York offices of AID FOR AIDS International were graced this week by a visit from Miss Universe, Ximena Navarette, whose reign ends on September 12 when Miss Universe 2011 is crowned in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ximena made it clear, however, that while her official duties are coming to an end, her commitment to the cause of fighting HIV and AIDS will go on. “It has been a great privilege and a pleasure to work with AID FOR AIDS ,” said Ximena, who over the past year has joined us on tours of Panama and Dominican Republic, in addition to making other nation visits to spread the message of HIV prevention among students, educators, business and political leaders. During her year-long relationship with AFAI, she also met with many of our clients and beneficiaries in Latin America and New York, with whom she made an immediate and positive connection.…
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Afai’s Young Leader Completes Important Research Study In Panama

Afai’s Young Leader Completes Important Research Study In Panama

  • 11th August 2011
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AID FOR AIDS International congratulates Aychell A. Samaniego, former psychologist at our Panama office, for the successful completion and approval of her research project “Qualitative Approach to the Experience of Young Women Living with HIV in Sexual and Reproductive Health Services.” The research was conducted during her tenure with the program Young Women in the Information/Knowledge Society, Youth Researching Youth. The project was done with the support of UNESCO, UNIFEM and UNFPA. Aychell, who previously worked as program coordinator of the Children’s Program in AID FOR AIDS Panama (AFAP), had the institutional endorsement of this office. AID FOR AIDS Panama facilitated contact with key informants, young women beneficiaries of the foundation, and AFAP supported her with advice at various stages of the project. For AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI), this research provides an opportunity to generate new findings that reflect the current situation of its beneficiaries, given the progressive feminization…
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New Recycling Partners Tour AID FOR AIDS

New Recycling Partners Tour AID FOR AIDS

  • 9th August 2011
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AID FOR AIDS hosted an open house at our New York offices on August 4 for organizations interested in participating in our upcoming nationwide Recycling Drive. The campaign, which runs August 18 to 25, aims to increase donations of critically-needed antiretroviral (ARV) medicine, which AFAI collects in the U.S. and redistributes free of charge to people living with HIV or AIDS (PLWHA) in more than 35 developing nations. Over the past few weeks, AFAI has been reaching out to AIDS service organizations, community groups and individuals throughout the country to raise awareness of recycling and its potential to help save thousands of lives around the world of people who lack access to life-saving ARV therapy. About 15 representatives of various organizations and groups attended the open house and toured our facilities, including our medication room, where donated medicine is tested and stored prior to shipment.  Our recycling staff provided a…
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Liliana Velásquez:  Seeing The World As One

Liliana Velásquez:  Seeing The World As One

  • 5th August 2011
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When she was new at AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI) back in 2008, Liliana Velasquez was the recipient of some words of wisdom from executive director Jesus Aguais. “We were coming out of the building where I had been photographing our board members at a cocktail reception,” recalls the manager of AFAI’s marketing and recycling programs. “And Jesus turned to me and said, ‘When you leave here one day, you are going to find yourself changed forever. You’re going to see the world, and all the people in that world, in a whole new way.’” Soon enough, Liliana came to see what Jesus was talking about. In a single day on the job, she would go from strategic marketing meetings with AFAI’s corporate partners to addressing ragtag groups of recovering drug addicts living with HIV on the fringes of New York’s meanest streets. The aim: to get them to consider…
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Shop ‘Till You Drop For AID FOR AIDS International

Shop ‘Till You Drop For AID FOR AIDS International

  • 3rd August 2011
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AID FOR AIDS International is pleased to announce a partnership with What2WearWhere.com during the month of August, 2011.  What2WearWhere.com is a lively blog and retail website that helps today’s busy women shop and dress for all of life’s occasions.  W2WW each month donates 25% of commissions from sales to a charity that supports women, children, and the environment. During the month of August, AID FOR AIDS International will be the Organization of the Month on their website:   *  For every person who signs up on the website to receive a weekly newsletter of fashion tips and trends, What2WearWhere.com will donate $1 to AID FOR AIDS International, up to a $5,000 maximum. *  AID FOR AIDS International will be featured on the homepage with a link to the website to find out information, how to donate directly, and how to get involved.  • 25% of the profit from sales during…
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