Archive for March, 2012

Universidad Interamericana de Panamá apoya a AID FOR AIDS Panamá

Universidad Interamericana de Panamá apoya a AID FOR AIDS Panamá

  • 29th March 2012
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El lunes 26 de marzo la Sede Plaza El Conquistador de la Universidad Interamericana de Panamá realizó una donación al Programa de Atención Integral a Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes con VIH de AID FOR AIDS Panamá. La donación consistió en mochilas escolares con útiles varios, juguetes y bebidas (jugos y leche), todo lo cual será donado a niños, niñas y adolescentes con VIH. Dichos artículos fueron recolectados gracias al apoyo de los estudiantes y docentes de dicha sede. La entrega fue realizada por la Mgtr. Itzel Monsalve C., Directora de la Sede Plaza El Conquistador de la Universidad Interamericana, quien organizó la colecta.  
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“Cuánto sabes de VIH y Sida?” Committed to Diversity

“Cuánto sabes de VIH y Sida?” Committed to Diversity

  • 28th March 2012
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Since its creation in 2004, AID FOR AIDS’ HIV prevention program “Cuánto sabes de VIH y Sida?” (How much do you know about HIV and AIDS?) continues to be a complete success. The expansion of the program into many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and the long time that it is in course are proof of this success. With five updates to its curriculum, the program has evolved dramatically and continues to do so because we live in a world that is constantly evolving. Currently, the program is performing a pilot project of its workshops aimed especially at the LGBTI community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) in four countries: Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and soon in Panama. The program “Cuánto sabes de VIH y Sida?” in addition to providing tools for HIV prevention, works to strengthen the youth in what we know as “life skills”. These, are…
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Love-Struck Students Reach Out To AID FOR AIDS

Love-Struck Students Reach Out To AID FOR AIDS

  • 19th March 2012
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Love wasn’t the only thing in the air when a group of University of Toronto students hosted “Love Down South 2012,” a festive day of speed-dating, raffle prizes, a bachelor/bachelorette auction, and other romantic fun and games. The two sponsoring groups—the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) and West Indian Students’ Association (WISA)—had something more pressing on their minds: saving lives in their communities. Thus, all proceeds from the auction were donated to AID FOR AIDS.  Reina Heckburn, the vice president of WISA, says the students selected AFA as the beneficiary of the pre-Valentine’s Day event because “your mandate aligns with our intention to give back to those in the Caribbean and Latin America.” Aside from expressing their generosity and compassion, participants in the bachelor/batchlorette auction also took the opportunity to show off their good looks (and personalities). One enthusiastic participant went so far as to take his shirt off…
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Saving lives one by one, AID FOR AIDS Venezuela’s first event of the year

Saving lives one by one, AID FOR AIDS Venezuela’s first event of the year

  • 13th March 2012
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Thanks to the support of Rotary International Club, on March 14th, AIDS FOR AIDS Venezuela will be hosting a cocktail event for friends and supporters of the organization at the famous venue Le Club at 7:00 pm at San Ignacio Mall in Caracas, Venezuela. Tickets are on sale now. The event, which kicks off the “Saving Lives One by One Together” campaign, is a vital fundraising event to benefit AID FOR AIDS Venezuela and their diverse programs such as, Access to Treatment, Prevention and Education, and Public Advocacy, that operate within the country. The event will be a place where public figures of the Venezuelan and international society will gather to support AID FOR AIDS. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet AID FOR AIDS’ Ambassador of HIV prevention, Miss Universe 2009 Stefanía Fernández, and the founder of the organization Jesus Aguais, who was named CNN “Hero” in 2007…
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AID FOR AIDS comes out in support of children living with HIV in Panama

AID FOR AIDS comes out in support of children living with HIV in Panama

  • 9th March 2012
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This week, AID FOR AIDS shipped a bulk package of life-saving medication to support Panama’s Children’s Hospital (Hospital del Niño). The shipment comes amid a special request by the “Hospital del Niño”, which recently experienced a shortage of medications needed to cover the therapy of their current load of pediatric patients. The package sent to Panama includes bottles of Ziagen (Abacavir) to cover treatment for several children over the next few months, and bottles of Retrovir (AZT), a prophylaxis for mother-to-child transmission. “Despite all obstacles, we continue growing our Recycling Program. This program has proven to be a key solution to gaps in access to treatment in more than 40 developing countries” stated Jesus Aguais, Executive Director. “We are particularly happy to be able to respond today to this kind of special request.” Since 2007, AID FOR AIDS Panama has been running the Center of Integral Attention for Children and…
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AFAI travels to Dominican Republic for first HIV Prevention Tour of 2012

AFAI travels to Dominican Republic for first HIV Prevention Tour of 2012

  • 7th March 2012
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Seizing on a unique opportunity to spread the message of HIV prevention, AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI) officials, joined by 2009 Miss Universe and our HIV Prevention Ambassador, Stefania Fernandez, visited Dominican Republic for what became our third HIV Prevention tour in the country. The tour was partly sponsored by the Dominican Republic Fashion Week, who were anxious to put forth the idea that fashion, in its truest sense, extends beyond clothes, makeup and hairdo. As such, the opening night included a segment to showcase a video in support of our Dominican office (watch video) and Fashion Designer Giannina Azar dedicated a portion of her show to benefit the organization. “It’s the idea that underscores all our partnerships within the fashion industry,” says AFA director of operations Jaime Valencia, who, along with Ms. Fernandez and AFA executive director Jesus Aguais, made the rounds of the country’s different stops of the…
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Feeling The Rhythm

Feeling The Rhythm

  • 6th March 2012
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Combine the fire of tango music and the mesmerizing rhythms of the “castañuelas” (aka castanets), and you’ve got a recipe for a terrific post-Valentine’s Day evening. Dalys Torres, an extraordinarily gifted Panamanian artist, recently entertained a group of New York Immigrant AIDS Link (NYIAL) clients with a performance of her “Tango Con Castañuelas.” During the one-hour recital at AFA headquarters, Ms. Torres demonstrated how many exciting rhythms can be generated on the castañuelas, and how those rhythms can enhance the emotion and raw power of the tango. “I’ve never heard anything like it,” noted David Mosquera, a NYIAL Outreach worker. “The sounds that came from her instrument and the way those wild rhythms meshed with the music were just amazing.” For the clients who attended, added Mosquera, the magic and the music also provided a much-needed respite from the less-pleasant realities of living with HIV. One client told Mosquera that…
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AID FOR AIDS’ Director of Advocacy Attends Expert Meeting on the Global Fund in Holland

AID FOR AIDS’ Director of Advocacy Attends Expert Meeting on the Global Fund in Holland

  • 1st March 2012
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Sustainability and accountability will be the subjects of a presentation by Enrique Chavez, Director of AID FOR AIDS International’s Advocacy Department, at a meeting of experts on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, organized by the organization HIVOS, taking place on March 1-2 in the Hague, Holland. The meeting aims to focus on efforts to support the “most at-risk populations (MARPS),” and will bring together a selected group of 20 civil society activists, academics and practitioners to deepen their understanding of the problem and develop recommendations for key Global Fund stakeholders. The Fund, while it has increased its efforts to reach the most vulnerable groups with access to health services, acknowledges that much more needs to be done to empower these groups and the organizations that represent their interests. Specifically, the meeting will address strategies to empower MSM (men having sex with men), transgender people and sex…
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