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UNICEF launched the “Unite for Children, Unite Against Aids” campaign to educate the youth about HIV and AIDS.
UNICEF actively works with stakeholders to stop the spread of HIV, consistent with the Philippine AIDS Medium-Term Plan. The following have been achieved thus far:
National HIV Strategy Framework for Children and Young People
Focusing on prevention, this framework was developed through the Council for the Welfare of Children’s Committee on HIV. Young people at-risk were involved in the development of the framework, which was eventually adopted as part of the national AIDS plan.
Model interventions for young people at increased risk
Together with local government units (LGUs), UNICEF implemented targeted and evidence-based behaviour change interventions for young people at-risk. Knowledge and safe practices significantly increased over the course of the interventions. Knowledge on risk factors was substantially heightened. Specifically: That HIV risk can be reduced by having sex with only one uninfected partner, as well as through condom use—from 86 to 92 per cent, and from 67 to 77 per cent after intervention, respectively. Likewise, the use of condoms increased from 29 to 48 per cent after intervention.
HIV/STI prevention campaign in high schools
In 2009, DepED and UNICEF agreed to conduct an HIV/STI (sexually transmitted infection) prevention campaign for high school students. In 2011, the country’s Catholic religious approved the use of the campaign materials in Catholic high schools, organizations, and dioceses. Campaign data supported the education sector’s discussion on the integration of HIV prevention in the school system.
Strategy to address STIs and HIV in pregnancy
UNICEF worked with the Department of Health (DOH) to integrate HIV and STI education as part of the routine antenatal care, supported routine screening of pregnant women for syphilis, and targeted offer of HIV testing to women at-risk. Sustainability is ensured through integration in key DOH policies and the Philippine Health Insurance Program.