Zero vertical transmission of HIV: Working towards triple elimination for the Philippines

December 5, 2023

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ASHM Program Manager for Asia, Harriet Doran Edmunds and ASHM Clinical Nurse Educator, Cherie Bennett attend the HIV and AIDS National Treatment Hub Conference in the Philippines.

ASHM recently co-hosted  the HIV and AIDS National Treatment Hub Conference in the Philippines from 27 to 29 November 2023. The conference was convened to address critical strategies and advancements essential in the battle against HIV transmission and working towards triple elimination in the Philippines. Triple elimination refers to the goal of reducing parent to child transmission of HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis. Throughout the conference, experts shared insights on multifaceted approaches and innovative interventions to bolster prevention, treatment, and care services for HIV, viral hepatitis, and STIs.

Workshops, seminars, and panel discussions delved into the latest advancements in research, treatment modalities, and community engagement strategies. ASHM hosted workshops across multiple days of the conference, with Cherie Bennett, Clinical Nurse Specialist and ASHM Medical Educator, presenting on ASHM’s Global Programs on the first day.  

"As healthcare workers you need to become champions of change for your communities. You are crucial partners in advancing the mutual goal of reaching the 95, 95, 95 targets."

As ASHM’s Global team and delegates from various regions reflected on the conference’s outcomes, the prevailing sentiment was one of optimism and determination. The shared vision of achieving zero vertical transmission of HIV and triple elimination extends beyond the conclusion of the conference, resonating with a commitment to action and collaboration.

The HIV and AIDS National Treatment Hub Conference was hosted in partnership between the Republic of the Philippines Department of Health through the Research Institiute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the Sustained Health Initiative of the Philippines (SHIP), AIDS Society of the Philippines, PROJECTS & ASHM.  

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