Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mumbaki: of tradition and science

Doktor ka lang, hindi ka Mumbaki…Mumbaki ay manggagamot ng kaluluwa” such a powerful line from Apo Dangunay (Gruta) to Dr. Felix Lorenzo (Torre) on the Apo’s brink of death still holding firmly to his ancestral beliefs while receiving palliative care from the municipal physician. The film Mumbaki showed a perfect example of how modern medicine and traditional beliefs polarize and unite depending on how societies cope and adapt.

Monday, March 06, 2017

After 19 years, will the HIV Law receive its rightful make-over?

Photo source: GMANews.tv
The Philippines bragged of being one of those few countries that first legislated a law for the prevention of HIV and AIDS nationally but after nineteen (19) years, now an adolescent, this law is outdated and badly needs a total make-over.

After 19 years from the time the Republic Act No. 8504 or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998 has been enacted, the Philippines declared HIV a concentrated epidemic among men who are having sex with men and young people. And in 2008, ten years after, the country throttled into a “fast and furious” rate making the country one of the topnotchers on new HIV cases recorded in Asia recently. In December 2016, the HIV/AIDS & ART Registry of the Philippines (HARP) reported seven hundred fifty (750) new cases of HIV infection with ninety-six per cent (96%) of the cases are involving men who are having sex with other men (MSM), and with more than half belonging to the 25-34 age group and twenty-nine per cent (29%) belonging to young people ages 15-24.