AID FOR AIDS Panama is a satellite office of AID FOR AIDS International. It has been present in the country since 2006.
Since our arrival in Panama, AID FOR AIDS has been providing services in Clayton. In 2007, AFA Panama opened the first Comprehensive Care Center for Children and Adolescents with HIV or AIDS in Latin America at Children’s Hospital.
Since then, each program we implement is focused on 1) reducing the pandemic through empowerment and the development of skills and abilities, and 2) improving the quality of life of the groups most vulnerable to HIV and other health situations.
In 2014, AID FOR AIDS Panama became the first NGO with presence within the Guna Yala Comarca. This allowed us to open the first Integral Education and Training Center and implement our “How Much Do You Know?” Program on the Island of Achutupu.
In November 2017, AFA Panama inaugurated the Comprehensive Education and Training Center and started implementing our “How Much Do You Know?” Program in Clayton, where the beneficiaries and the community in general have an empowerment space where they can development and acquire life skills that generate individual and social transformation.
Programs in our AID FOR AIDS Panama office
Access to treatment program
It facilitates access to ARV treatments at no cost to people with HIV who resist the treatment scheme offered by the Ministry of Health and the Social Security Fund. We offer them new treatment alternatives in agreement with the treating doctor in order to guarantee monitoring.
During times of shortages in these institutions, AID FOR AIDS gives these health agencies additional donations of ARVs that guarantee the continuity of treatment to people who require it.
“How Much Do You Know?” program
Our “How Much Do You Know?” program 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 eradication of stigma and discrimination towards people with HIV. 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.
Comprehensive attention program for children 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 children and adolescents with HIV and their family members.
The program also offers tools to empower children 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 comprehensive attention center for children and adolescents with HIV or AIDS, located inside of the Children’s Hospital since 2007.
Access to treatment program (2006-2017)
83 beneficiaries receive free ARV treatment in a monthly basis from our arrival in Panama
“How Much Do You Know?” program (2006-2017)
1,154 community leaders
405 young peer-to-peer agents
105,390 people have received education and training regarding life and development skills
In the provinces of Panama, Chorrera, Colón, Chiriquí and the Guna Yala Comarca: 176 3-year-old children receiving pedagogical support in the Comarca Guna Yala (Achutupu)
Comprehensive attention program for children, adolescents and adults with HIV (2006-2017)
7,500 adults with HIV have received education and training regarding adherence to treatment and human rights
322 children and adolescents with HIV receiving psychological, psycho-pedagogical and food support. Coming from all the provinces and regions of Panama
Administrative office Address: Clayton, Calle Maritza Alabarca, Casa 1000A. Ciudad de Panamá. Phone number: 317-1583 Fax: 317-1361 Email:Panama@aidforaids.org
Comprehensive center for education and training – “How Much Do You Know?” program Address: Clayton, Calle Maritza Alabarca, Edificio 1000B. Ciudad de Panamá Address: Comarca Guna Yala, Isla de Achutupu. Corregimiento de Aligandi Phone number: 317-1583 / 317-1361
Comprehensive attention center for children and adolescents with HIV or AIDS Address: Hospital del Niño, Calle 34, Avenida Balboa, edificio de la Consulta Externa, Piso 1. Ciudad de Panamá. Phone number: 512-9834 / 3903299
Board of directors
Director/Legal Representative: Trina María Aguais Executive Director/Treasurer: Clara Aguerrevere de Salvatierra Director/Vocal: María del Carmen Zuñiga Ureña Director/Vocal: Lastenia Cardoze de Arosemena Vocal: Edda María Gonzalez Galvez
Trina María Aguais
Director of Latin America and the Caribbean
Access to Treatment Program Coordinator
Mario Alexander Cruz
Esilda de Corrales
Ministerio de Desarrollo Social
Fundación Sus Buenos Vecinos
Alcaldía de Panamá
Lotería Nacional de Beneficencia
Johnson & Johnson
Price Philantropies Foundation
Óptica Sosa y Arango
Fundación Juan Ramon Poll
USMA – Oficina de Servicio Social Universitario
Periódico San Francisco
Fundación Banco Alimentos Panamá
Fundación Lionel y Anita Stempel
Sra. Linky Motta
Sra. Clara Salvatierra
Sr. Augusto Arosemena y Sra. Doris De Arosemena
To make a donation in Panama
Account Number: 03-02-01-055991-7
Account Type: corriente
Bank: Banco General
Make payments to: AID FOR AIDS Panamá