HIV/AIDS partnership in the Philippines

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Public health official Adolfo "Trio" Paras III leads a class on AIDS prevention at Wesleyan Third Millennium United Methodist Church in Cabanatuan City, Philippines. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS.
By Gladys MangiduyosAug. 13, 2018 | CABANATUAN CITY, Philippines (UMNS)

In the Philippines, where recent figures show an HIV rate growth of 25 percent, United Methodist leaders are hoping to make a difference with a new partnership with the Cabanatuan City Health Office.
Together, they want to create a sustainable program and services for people living with HIV and AIDS and their caregivers.
Recently, 25 people attended a symposium on HIV and AIDS education, prevention, care and treatment held at the Wesleyan Third Millennium United Methodist Church, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. Organized by John Wesley Academy and Critical Thinking Center, the event launched the first established partnership with the Cabanatuan City Health Office on HIV education.
Dr.  Arminda A. Adecer, a United Methodist physician, leads the city health office medical team. “HIV is here in Nueva Ecija,” she said, “with the highest number in Cabanatuan City. Education is key and (the) most vital defense in order to protect the people and prevent disease.” 
Nueva Ecija, a large province at the center of Luzon island, is home to three United Methodist annual conferences: Middle Philippines (Cabanatuan City), South Nueva Ecija Philippines and Central Luzon Philippines.