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ISEAN-Hivos Program
Newsletter
Strengthening Community Systems
to Reduce Vulnerability to and
Impact of HIV Infection among MSM
and Transgender People in Insular
South-East Asia

April - June 2015

In this issue:
Page 2 ISEAN Community
Mentorship Program
(ICoMP)
Page 7 Socialization of ICIR and The conference will be held in
Community Database Amsterdam, the Netherlands
on July 28-31, 2015. AIDSImpact
Page 11 Camp for YUMMYs
is an international behavioral
and psychosocial science conference that addresses issues
Page 21 UP Manila Experiences related to HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and care,
The Project Wildfire focusing both globally and on specific communities and
countries hardest hit by the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
Page 27 #Finally!

Page 29 Celebrating Love;


Celebrating Pride

Page 36 United States of


America Ambassador
Visit to CODIVA Office

The joint conference will be held in Brisbane, Australia on


September 13-16 and 16-18, 2015. Both conferences are major
forums for the presentation of HIV, STI and sexual health research
in Australasia and the world.
IHP Newsletter April June 2015

Jonta Eliakim Saragih, IHP Program Officer, who will be


ISEAN-Hivos Delegates attending the same conference also submitted his
abstract for poster presentation entitled: Action
at International Planning of Health Care Providers Against Stigma and
Discrimination towards MSM and Waria Persons in
Conferences Indonesia.

The IAS 2015 will be held at the Vancouver Convention


Centre on July 19-22, 2015 in Vancouver, British
The ISEAN-Hivos team regularly Columbia, Canada. Dr. Loyd Brendan Norella and
participates in International HIV and AIDS related Raine Cortes will be attending the said conference.
conferences being held in different parts of the Raines abstract on understanding the culture of
world. Three of the most renowned international transgender women in the Philippines for health
conferences are AIDS Impact 2015 in Amsterdam, interventions was accepted fo poster exhibition in the
the Netherlands; Australasian HIV and AIDS said conference.
Conference 2015 in Brisbane, Australia; and IAS
Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and
Prevention (IAS 2015) in Vancouver, Canada.

As for this year, IHP is sending their delegates to


attend the said conferences. As for AIDS Impact
ISEAN Community
2015, Raine Cortes, IHP-PNGOC National Program
Manager and ISEAN Trans Program Specialist
Mentorship Program
together with Jonta Eliakim Saragih, Program
Officer of IHP-PMU will be attending the
(ICoMP)
conference. Raine Cortes submitted her abstract
ISEAN Community Mentorship Program (ICoMP)
to the AIDS Impact 2015 and accepted for oral
is a collaborative initiative of ISEAN, National Networks
presentation.
and PR-Program Management Unit of the ISEAN-Hivos
She will
Program.
present her
abstracts on As a way for community members to give back to the
The Harvat in community, ICoMP provides an opportunity for
Cebu City, experienced and qualified volunteer mentors to be
Philippines: matched to local Community-Based Organizations
Sex Work (CBOs) working on HIV and AIDS, STI, SOGIE and rights
Involvement issues with focus on key affected populations. Under
and the ICoMP, mentors within a given community
Associated (preferably a local MSM or TG community) will provide
Risks among mentoring or coaching support to a selected CBO
Selected mentee ideally within a six-month period. This is
Transgender Women, and Transpinay: envisioned as an initiative towards enhancing and
Understanding the Philippine Transgender Women further building the capacities of the CBOs in various
towards Developing Transgender-Specific HIV aspects of CBO function, including but not limited to,
Prevention Programs and Related Health Services. program implementation, financial management,
reporting, fundraising, M&E, networking, advocacy,
While for the Australasian HIV and AIDS
communications, and organizational development.
Conference 2015, IHP Program Director, Dr. Loyd
Brendan Norella submitted his abstract for oral The 2nd ICoMP was implemented by GWL-INA last
presentation entitled: The ISEAN-Hivos Stigma semester, implemented in October 2014 to March
and Discrimination Study (SADS) in Health Care 2015. There were five CBO mentees each assigned to
Settings (SADS-HCS-2015) in South East Asia Island a mentor:
Countries - Initial Findings From Indonesia, while

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2014 to March 2015. The opening meeting was held in


IHP-PMU office on June 9, 2015. LFAs representatives
No. CBO Mentor CBO Mentee were Irwan Tumpal, Sheren Omega and Stephiena
1. Ikram Gaylam Setiady. This semesters VoI took about one month,
2. Indriyati Gessang with the closing meeting held on July 3, 2015. PMU
3. Suparno Iwayo would like to thank all SRs for their cooperation in
4. Asep Mulyadi Perwapon providing additional information and documents
5. Herni Suwartini Srikandi Perintis whenever needed during the process of VoI itself.

As reported to the Global Fund in our PUDR for


Semester #7, the summary of our achievement on the
For 2nd ICoMP implementation, each mentor is
IHP M&E Indicators are as below:
required to make 10 visits to the mentee. During
visits, the mentor are required to impart his/her Output Indicator #1 Number of MSM/TG
skills and abilities to develop CBOs management organizations that are participating in the ISEAN
such as community organizing, planning and regional network for MSM, TG and HIV
program development, financial management, achieved 100% out of the target of 13 CBOs.
monitoring and evaluation, and other relevant
organizational development areas. Output Indicator #2 Number of members of
MSM/TG CBOs who are trained or re-trained in
This semester, IHP will have its 3rd batch of ICoMP. management, leadership, accountability,
PTF and PNGOC were chosen to be the networking and coordination achieved 116%
implementer for this semester. On the 3rd batch of out of the target of 133 members.
ICoMP implementation, PTF assigned three
mentors to four different mentees under the Output Indicator #3 Number of MSM/TG CBOs
supervision of PT Foundation. Nazarius Celsus with a developed strategic plan (including
Dorus or Naza was a mentor to two different costing) covering two to five years achieved
mentees such as Kedah Family Planning and 150%.
Health Association (FHA Kedah) and
Pertumbuhan Kebajikan Sinar Pelangi (PKSP). Output Indicator #4 Number of CBOs and
While Danisha Monish was assigned to Berlian. Networks that had have internal organizational
Another mentor is Ivan Yap who is assigned to evaluation and developed capacity building
Pertumbuhan Komuniti Intan (PKI). plan achieved 100%.

In the Philippines, PNGOC selected four mentors Output Indicator #5 Number of CBO
and four new CBO mentees. Daphne Granfil will representatives trained as trainers on MSM and
mentor Bahaghari Advocacy Group (BAG) in TG peer educators/outreach workers achieved
Dasmarinas, Cavite; Heide Firmeza will mentor 120%.
Decent of Image of South Signal Association
Output Indicator #6 Number of healthcare
(DIOSSA) in Taguig; Lolit Go-Ganapin will mentor
providers trained who have been sensitized to
Bisdak Pride in Cebu City; and Pamela Uy will
recognize stigma and discrimination on MSM
mentor Repos Angels in Cebu City. ICoMP in the
and TG in healthcare settings achieved 95%.

Output Indicator #7 Number of CBO (recipient


VoI (Verification of of Challenge Fund) that completed activities
in the approved project proposal achieved
Information) 100%.

Verification of Information (VoI) is regularly Output Indicator #8 Number of MSM/TG CBO


conducted every semester to review members who have basic knowledge in HIV-
implemented IHP activities related documents. related monitoring and evaluation, policy,
This time, the VoI covered activities from October advocacy achieved 175%.

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Within this semester, the ISEAN-Hivos Program is


required to report its Outcome indicator, which is
the Percentage of MSM/TGs reporting improved
access to a stigma free health care service in
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Timor Leste.
This was done by doing a study on Stigma and
Discrimination in Health Care Settings based on
the IHP Stigma and Discrimination Baseline Study.
The study was conducted from January to April
2015 with total sample size of 2,403 respondents
(Country Respondents = ID = 1,000, PH = 800, MY =
403, TL = 200). The four types of Stigma and
Discrimination based on the UN Stigma Index are
Lingga Tri Utama or known as
Refusal of Access to Health Care, Verbal
Lingga, joining ISEAN
Maltreatment, Physical Maltreatment, and Secretariat starting end of
Provision of Poor Quality Service. In Timor Leste, April 2015 as Training
23.20% of the sample experienced the combined Coordinator (TC). Lingga can
four types of Stigma and Discrimination, followed be contacted at:
by Malaysia 21.69% (out of 403 respondents). The lingga@isean.asia
small percentage comes from the Philippines and
Rainer Better Oktovianus
Indonesia. 3.48% Philippines respondents (out of joined ISEAN Secretariat as
800 respondents), and the smallest comes from Knowledge Management and
the biggest sample, which 2.38% from Indonesia Communication Officer
(out of 1000 respondents). (KMCO) the same period as
Lingga, end of April 2015.
Better can be contacted at:
better@isean.asia
The other key findings are:
Ms. Handayani Wasti Sagala, or
1. Verbal maltreatment is the most common "Hanny", for short, started her
form of SAD followed by Poor Quality engagement with IHP on May 5,
2015. She will be slowly taking
Service, Refusal of Access to Health Care,
over the Training Coordinator
and Physical Maltreatment (TC) tasks from Jonta. Hanny can
be reached at:
2. Timor Leste has the highest proportion of hsagala@hivos.org
respondents who experienced all forms of
stigma and discrimination, followed by Ms. Jason "Jhaye" C. Encabo
Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia officially started as Training
Officer for Philippine NGO
3. Transgender experience stigma and Council on Population Health
& Welfare, Inc. (PNGOC) as
doscrimination more frequently than MSM.
the SR in the Philippines,
starting end of June 2015. She
can be reached at: jayencabo110@gmail.com
The verified result above will be announced by
Ms. May Gina K. Lavilla
GF in August 2015, with the rating of the officially started as
respective semester to be officially announced as Admin/Finance Assistant last
well through the usual Management Letter to PR June 2015 for PNGOC. She
PMU from the Global Fund. can be reached
at: maykinglavilla@gmail.com
***

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From The Desk


of ISEAN
Several activities and program has
been implemented to support CBOs
in the region of Islands of Southeast
Asia Networks. With its aim to
reduce HIV and AIDS among men
who have sex with men (MSM) and
Transgender Persons (TGs), the
activities build in a more colorful
atmosphere.

The objective of the workshop is to present and


Lets ANALyze: A National discuss key findings, highlights and
recommendations of the Desk Review on existing
Community Workshop on social science and cultural data on perceptions or
stigma of anal sex and male-to-
Addressing Stigma on
Sexual Practices among
Gays, Bisexuals, other MSM
and Transgender People
(Yogyakarta 1st June 2015
& Bali 4th June 2015)

A national workshop on addressing stigma


on sexual practices especially among gays,
bisexuals, other MSM and Transgender people were
successfully held by ISEAN in collaboration with
national network GWL-INA. The workshop focusing on
the issue of anal sex, cleverly pocketed the title Lets
male sex
ANALyze that took place in Yogyakarta on June 1,
among transsexual and MSM in the ISEAN
2015 and in Bali on June 4, 2015. The goal of this
region. Furthermore, to solicit for comments,
workshop is to gather key partners and stakeholders
suggestions, recommendations from the
to discuss the current conditions regarding stigma on
participants for consideration in the finalization of
anal sex and to develop a national strategic plan to
the said desk review.
address stigma on anal sex, and gather significant
feedback in advocacy and public health areas. In this workshop, ISEAN shared the findings of the

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said desk review. From the desk review, there are


several recommendations on how to tackle the issues Follow-up Training on
surrounding anal sex.
ICT-Based Tools
The participants that attended the Lets ANALyze
workshop vary from the government delegates from Integration into Trans
the health departments, delegates from the AIDS
commission, to local CBOs that act as SSR for the Advocacy Initiatives
ISEAN-Hivos program.

In Yogyakarta, the workshop was held at Hotel Ibis


Styles and 18 participants attended the workshop PT Foundation (IHP-SR in Malaysia) held a
coming from the Provincial Health Office, District training for Transgenders and MSM on June 25-29,
Health Office, Local Health Care Providers, Provincial 2015. Taking the title: Follow-up Training on ICT-
AIDS Commission and District AIDS Commission. While Based Tools Integration into Trans Advocacy
in Bali, 17 participants attended the workshop taken Initiatives, not less than 15 participants attended
place in the same hotel chain. A strong discussion the hands-on training. One of the requirements to
and positive inputs were gathered from all the attend this training is that the participant should
participants, especially from local health provider be familiar with MSM and TG issues and has
since they have direct experience on the related knowledge about HIV. This is because after they
issue. Aside from the topic discussed, ISEAN also have completed the training, theres a willingness
introduced the Individual Complaint Incident Report to implement what they have learned and
(ICIR) and Community Database to all attendees. contribute back to the TG and MSM community.

Nizam as the
facilitator
*** handed the
materials that
were actually
requested by
the participants
in advance.
The materials for
the three days
training were
necessary and
crucial in helping
their scope of
work within their community. Some of the
materials included Microsoft Word, Microsoft
Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint and Microsoft 365,
were taught to each participants using a laptop
or desktop computer on spot.

The training that took place at PT Foundation


office in Kuala Lumpur, was able to provide each
participants with the knowledge they needed.
ISEAN Secretariat attended the workshop and
shared information on the Individual Complaint
Incident Report (ICIR), Community Database and
tools that can be accessed in the ISEAN website.
Feedback coming from each participant were

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being included in the ISEAN website such as Malay Aside from program sharing, at the end of the
language in the Community Database form. session, ISEAN asked the participants to celebrate
the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day
that takes place every third Sunday of May. They
lighted candles for their friends and families who
***
have passed away because of AIDS.

Socialization of ICIR and ***

Community Database

On May 19, 2015, ISEAN introduced its new


programs at the national consultation meeting of
GWL-INA Network in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.
One of the programs that ISEAN shared at the
meeting was the Individual Complaint Incident Report,
or ICIR, an online application which is used to report
cases of violence against LGBT people.

This application was developed to encourage the


Community-based Organizations (CBOs) in each
ISEAN Countries to submit the reports which will be
followed up by Country Network Administrators (CNA).
GWL-INA as the National Network will play the role as
the CNA for Indonesia.

Slamet, GWL-INA staff, hoped that this application will


be useful for the community especially in dealing with
police officers who refuse to provide services for LGBT
people. But since there is no formal written evidence
on this, it is difficult to make a follow-up action either
to the police department or to the national human
rights commission. Our network will be able to prove

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that it is really happening.

ISEAN has also finalized the online Community


Database to document and to input community
members in the six countries of ISEAN in order
communicate with other community members more
YOUR COMMENTS
frequently. It functions as an one-site database & SUGGESTIONS
management to share information on new ideas,
knowledge and current national issues. Any
community member can input their data on online Email: admin@isean.asia
form that is available on ISEAN website. Yet, the
information provided will be for internal use only and or Twitter: @isean_asia
subject to privacy and confidentiality options of the
ISEAN Secretariat.

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ISEAN Board Member from Timor Leste has chosen


Julio Martins da Costa or known as Julio as their
Focal Point. Born in Buruma, Timor Leste, Julio
reflects several
experiences in
working with
communities and
voluntary work. One

New ISEAN Board of his ongoing


volunteer work is

Members acting
national
as the
youth
representative to
congregation
Renewal of ISEAN Board Members has officially (Protestant) at Synod level. He is
chosen three new individuals as their Focal Points. responsible for youth activities and to talk about
Nazarius Celsus Dorus or better known as Nazar is youth programs at the national level.
the focal point for myISEAN since June 27, 2015. He is
active in the field of HIV and AIDS since 2010 and was
working as a programme facilitator for MSM Poz in PT Last but not least is Rendie Arga as the Focal Point
Foundation starting from February 18, 2011. He then for Indonesia. All of them are expected to work
moved to the ISEAN-Hivos Programme as the National with each other (Focal Points) and collectively
Training Manager on May 1, 2012 and was entrusted provide guidance to the
in training and coordinating trainings for community- Network Coordinator
based organizations in Malaysia. He joined myISEAN and Secretariat Staff to
as the board member from June 2012 as the PLHIV develop and
MSM representative. Apart from implement the strategy
that, he is also the Honorary and work plan. Our
Secretary for myPLUS, the best wishes to all of
Network of Positive People of them!
Malaysia. Nazar is well versed
in the training and counseling
of newly diagnosed PLHIV
***
and also in adherence or
treatment literacy for People
Living With HIV (PLHIV). He
would like to see an HIV law to be
implemented in Malaysia to protect the PLHIV
regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation,
race, etc., in order to protect confidentiality of PLHIV
in Malaysia. Aside from actively participating in board
meetings, Focal Points must carry the responsibility to
report and widely distribute information on network
activities to other stakeholders in the national health
response for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender community and MSM. They are also
expected to gather consensus from national
stakeholders on the strategic direction of the network.

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Enhancing the Monitoring


and Evaluation System

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system is a


very important part in any project Implementation. A
good M&E system ensures the project implementation
is always on track and provides necessary remedies if
the project go slightly off track. In order to be more
efficient and effective, the M&E system has to be
parallel with the digital technology. Therefore, IHP PMU
has developed an online M&E system to be
implemented at the SR and SSR levels.

Maria Christina, a regional M&E consultant toured from


Indonesia, Philippines, Timor Lester and Malaysia to
conduct the trainings. In Malaysia, the M&E online
training was held at PTF training room on the 28 and 29
of April 2015. The training was intended to equip the
IHP-PTF staff, SSR staffs and CBO members with basic
knowledge of M&E concept and the M&E online system
that has been developed recently.

The M&E online training provided the participants with


procedures and steps on how the grants and
achievement of any particular projects was reported
online. The M&E online system also aimed to train SSRs
and CBOs to report online the small grants they will be
receiving from IHP in future. The small grant such as The
Challenge Fund and CBO Support Grant not only would
assist them to Implement projects but it also would give
them opportunities to explore and engage in M&E
online system.

I think this training is very beneficial because I can see


how important M&E system in any project
Implementation is, and I hope with the development of
M&E online, the M&E task at the community level will be
much easier. Khartini Slamah cited during the 2-day
Training.

****

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Learning From West MSM and TG in Kuching,


Australias Good Practices Empowered

As part of efforts to improve its delivery of full Attended by 14 TG and 4 MSM, the
spectrum of HIV related services, PTF is constantly Workshop on SOGIE and Rights was held on 21st to
seeking to learn new ways based on best practices in 23rd May 2015 in Lime Tree Hotel, Kuching,
other countries and regions. Therefore on 11th April Sarawak. The workshop was conducted under
2015, PTF was most pleased to accept humanitarian counterpart funding from the US Embassy of Kuala
worker Dr. Nase Tans offer to give a talk on his Lumpur and gave IHP-PTF the golden opportunity
weeklong visit to study Western to conduct a localised training in East Malaysia for
Australias (WAs) a change. Facilitated by myISEAN board member
response to HIV and Sulastri, the workshop also served as a platform for
AIDS. Entitled as some of the local participants to act as mentors in
Community-Based some of the sessions as they had attended a
Approaches to HIV similar workshop previously under CBO Justice for
Prevention, Support Sisters. The team received significant support from
and Care (Lessons local NGO Sarawak Aids Concern (SAC), in
from Western coordinating this workshop.
Australia), the talk
provided The team up of Kak Su as Facilitator and Kak Tini
representatives from as Resource Person was indeed godsend. Their
IHP, myISEAN, MAC expertise in topics discussed and fluency in the
and Rumah Solehah local Sarawakian dialects and lingo made it
a glimpse of how local governments and NGOs in this much easier for the participants to follow and
side of Australia cater to the needs of MSM. participate in the workshop. As such, the sessions
on SOGIE went smoothly with the participants not
Dr. Nase shared about how WA Aids Council conducts hesitating to ask questions seeking important
HIV and AIDS interventions, particularly their Needle- clarifications when they felt necessary.
Syringe Exchange Programme (NSEP) and sexual
health clinic for MSM. One of the elements he hoped Unlike in other states in Malaysia, the community
we exemplify from was how their self-service NSEP here faced less harassment from religious
was carried out from mobile vans in various locations, authorities and their
which enhanced confidentiality. He also felt the cosy concerns were
setting of WAs sexual health clinic for MSM coupled mainly in
with its well-trained staffs/volunteers with great people relation to
skills a model to be emulated. equal
opportunity for
An open discussion and sharing followed, where the education and
obstacles and challenges faced in trying to follow employment.
such best practices were discussed in more detail. The Nonetheless,
participants were so engaged in their discussion that there was an
even a short blackout failed to dampen their evident hope
enthusiasm to exchange ideas on how to better for the
implement HIV and AIDS interventions in Malaysia. community to
be more united
to more
effectively face and overcome
***
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detail in a community feedback from this


mobilisation meeting crucial target group
held by myISEAN in on how their
the evening on the lifestyles and the
second day of the risks they take but
workshop. may not be fully
aware of or why
The final day of the they take those
workshop focused on legal issues and the risks anyway.
participants all felt that they had much more to learn
and such paralegal inputs should be done in a longer The participants
workshop, separately. At the end of the workshop, were divided into 3
everyone expressed their heartfelt thanks to Kak Su groups to generate
and Kak Tini as their mentors and idols for coming and present ideas
back to Sarawak to share what they have gained in for suitable IEC materials targeted at young MSM.
the national and regional advocacy work with a At the end of the camp, the groups presented
traditional dance Sarawakian dance presented in their proposed ideas complete with mock up
their honor. designs and the groups who came up with the
top 3 ideas were rewarded with tokens of
appreciation.

*** Being held at an outdoor oriented resort, the


camp gave an opportunity for the participants to
enjoy some physical outdoor fun trying out the
flying fox at the start of Day 2.

Camp for YUMMYs Indirectly, the camp also was an opportunity for
the participants to bond and the name YUMMY
resonated well with the participants who adopted
it as their identification as a social group following
Targeted at young MSM, the YUMMY (Young
the camp meeting to hang out regularly.
Urban Men-for-Men-who-are-Young) Camp was
attended by 19 MSM and facilitated by 2 of As of the date of writing, the YUMMYs meet from
myISEANs board members, Azuan and Naza. The time to time for some social and cause-oriented
camp was held from June 12th to 14th in Nur Lembah activities. They have been awarded with a small
Pangsun Eco Resort (on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur) grant under the US Embassy to do a social
with the main aim of generating discussions and ideas experiment.
for Information, Education and Communication (IEC)
materials targeted at young MSM.

Sessions on HIV 101, HIV situation updates and BCC ***


were conducted in the very basic manner since the
YUMMYs were very new to these topics. The sessions
were eye opening for many of the participants not
only in terms of finding out more info about HIV and
STIs but also learning about why it is a problem
of particular concern
amongst young MSM. It
also served as a
platform for IHP-PTF to
get valuable first hand
experiences and

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Effecting Changes Out of Sensitizing Local Health


the Challenges Care Workers

Community-based organizations (CBOs) have Twelve (12)


their own challenges. It could be either internal or doctors and nurses
external or both. Whatever challenges come their from the local
way, CBOs either face them squarely or half- government clinics
heartedly, due to insufficient support. and hospitals in
Jelebu were
IHP provides CBOs a platform for them to face their sensitized on
challenges by effecting changes out of these community needs and
challenges. The Challenge Fund (TCF), a small grant issues when it comes to
facility of IHP that promotes innovation in HIV and AIDS sexual health access. This
services delivery, makes these changes happen. was made possible through
the efforts of Pertubuhan
Last April 27, 2015, PTF organized
Advokasi Masyarakat
the Proposal Presentation and
Terpinggir or PAMT, in
Assessment for the last round of
partnership with the District
TCF. Two (2) out of the three (3)
Health Department of Jelebu in
proposed projects were
Negeri Sembilan. This one-day sensitization session
awarded with RM15,000 each.
was part of PAMTs The Challenge Fund (TCF)
The Grant Assessment Panel
project called Setting Up Community Sensitive
(GAP) members Howie, Sharan,
Clinics.
Dr. Zaki and Hanafi chose the projects
Working Together for the Community and the Fight Dr. Ruby, PAMTs Executive Director, headed a
Against HIV by Pertubuhan Komuniti Intan (PKI) and team in talking about issues around sexual
Setting up Community Sensitive Clinics (CSCs) by orientation, gender
Pertubuhan Advokasi Masyarakat Terpinggir (PAMT).

We, at PAMT, hope with this kind of session that


doctors and nurses would be more friendly towards
the marginalized communities especially MSM, TG
and sex workers who always hesitate to come to
government clinics and hospitals for HIV and STI

PKI, through their GAP-selected project, hopes to


identity, stigma and discrimination
increase awareness among MSM and TG on SOGIE
at health care settings. By conducting these
and human rights, among others; document barriers
topics, PAMT made the healthcare providers
to their health care access; improve linkages with
aware of what it takes to be more community-
government health offices; roll out learning from IHP
friendly.
Training of Trainers on BCC; and identify potential
community leaders. We, at PAMT, hope with this kind of session that
doctors and nurses would be more friendly
On the other hand, PAMT intends to sensitize local
towards the marginalized communities especially
clinics in KL and Seremban; set up CSCs in said areas; MSM, TG and sex workers who always hesitate to
produce a module on HIV and Counselling; and
come to government clinics and hospitals for HIV
produce a manual on CSC for the local clinics.
and STI testing or to receive treatment, explained
I am very Impressed with the quality of the proposals Dr. Ruby.

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Moon, PAMT staff, who is a transgender, shared her


first-hand experience being stigmatized at health care The assessment was
settings because of her HIV status and how those done by each entity
experiences brought her to work with PAMT to fight the assessing itself. A
stigma and help the marginalized community representative from
especially transgenders who are PLHIV. Her courage of each entity/team
speaking up for the community was an eye opener for was asked to report
the doctors and nurses who attended the session. their assessment.
The other party
By the end of this project, PAMT hopes to help create was then asked to
an enabling environment for the marginalized provide its
communities especially MSM and TG to improve their assessment of the
access and utilization of testing, treatment, care and other. This process
support services. was carefully done
as there were some
Oliver and Hakim of PTF-IHP were at the background
sensitive issues discussed. Some proper ways of
to provide support, observe and assist in ensuring that
expressing opinions and feedbacks were
proper documentation was in place. They also took
discussed and agreed first prior to the sharing.
advantage of the opportunity to discuss with PAMT the
details of the TCF contract.
Secondly, the Discussions centered on
Relationship Targets which both entities should
work out together. Out of the so many targets
*** that came up, 3 key targets were agreed upon
by both entities to focus on. These were
Transparency, Regular Communication, and
Expansion and Engagement of CBOs.
Better Together
Lastly, both teams jointly planned out on how
these 3 targets would be realities. Specific tasks,
person-in-charge, timelines, and budgets were
Its always better when were together, says identified per Relationship target. This helped
one of the most famous songs of Jack Johnson. everyone plan to operationalize said targets.
Moreover, planning also discussed possible
scenarios (both with IHP Phase 3 and without). This
PT Foundations IHP Team and myISEAN proved this was done to prepare everyones heart and mind
song true. Last June 1-4, 2015, both entities had its on those scenarios.
Team Building cum Operational Planning in Langkawi,
Malaysia. Building a more harmonious relationship to
effectively bring results for the MSM and TG ***
communities in Malaysia, both decided to come
forward and jointly discuss and agree on how this
tandem could be further nourished. To help achieve
this, both agreed to have Joel de Mesa, a seasoned
Filipino facilitator, engaged as Facilitator.

Full of team building activities and discussions and


some free time, the 4-day event was technical divided
by 3 components: Assessment, Discussions and
Planning.

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Capacity Assessment, KM together with PAMT shall be PTF-IHPs SSRs from


July 2015 to September 2016.

Carried Out for KM On the side, The PTF-IHP delegation was able to
do some other tasks related to other IHP projects.

PTF-IHP Team composed of Oliver, the National


Programme Manager and Hanafi, the National ***
Finance and Admin Officer, paid Kuantan a
visit to carry out an
organizational capacity
assessment of Komited
Malaysia (KM) as part
Online M&E System,
of its application to be
one of IHPs Sub-Sub-
Made Easy
Recipients (SSRs). The
2-day assessment was
carried out last May 18-19, 2015. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system is
a very important component in any project
The team used the same assessment tool in assessing
implementation. It ensures that
PTFs organizational capacity when it applied as IHP
a project is always
Malaysia Sub-Recipient (SR). However, minor
on track and
modifications were done to suit the SR-SSR relationship
provides necessary
and context.
remedies if the
The governance and programmatic components of project goes slightly
the assessment were carried out by Oliver. It was off track.
found out that KM has the necessary internal
In line with the
infrastructures to carry out the SSR tasks that lie ahead.
advent of available
Moreover, it was also found out that KM needs some
digital technologies,
technical assistance in these areas: Strategic
M&E systems should
Planning, Annual Report Writing, Legal and Human
not be left behind.
Rights, and Fundraising.
Thus, IHPs PMU in
Meanwhile, Hanafi assessed KMs capacity in terms of Jakarta initiated an
financial management. improvement in the IHP Online M&E System that is
Similarly, it was found out adoptable at the SR and SSR levels.
that KMs financial
On April 28th and 29th, an Online M&E Training was
management systems
conducted by Ms. Maria Christina Ignacio, the
were sufficient enough to
regional M&E consultant of IHP who is on top of
carry out SSR
the newly designed M&E system of IHP and who
engagement
toured Indonesia, Philippines, Timor Lester and
transactions. With minor
Malaysia to conduct such training. Held at PTF
improvements needed,
Training Room, said training was intended to
KM was found out to be
equip the IHP-PTF staff, SSR staffs and CBO
capable. One capacity
members with the basic knowledge of M&E
building needs noted
concept and the M&E online system that has
was a refresher on
been recently improved.
Basic Accounting.
The M&E online training provided the participants
with the procedures and steps on how the grants

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and achievement of Specific skills gained by the participants included


any particular searching online for potential funders; packaging
projects are reported a proposal based on donors thematic programs
online using the which clearly states the needs and or gaps, the
platform developed actors who play a critical role in addressing the
for IHP and ISEAN. It needs/gaps, the tracking mechanism for its
gave the participants the practical progress, and the budget.
know-how on managing and reporting progress
related to small grants received by the CBOs from IHP. Thanks to
For IHPs small grant facilities such as The Challenge Mona, the
Fund and CBO Support Grant, the training would not dynamic and
only assist them to implement projects but would also community-
give them opportunities to explore and engage in sensitive
M&E online system. facilitator
who helped
I think this training is very beneficial because I can the participants make
see how important M&E system is in any project the 2-day training meaningful and productive.
implementation, and I hope with the development of
M&E online, the M&E task at the community level will
be much easier, cited Khatini Slamah during the 2-
***
day training.

myISEAN Mobilizes The


***
Community in Kuching

myISEAN, Gearing up to
Sustain the Network Community Mobilisation is a huge part of
network building. It takes going down to the
community and building relationship with them for
a network to be well-grounded of the issues and
concerns of its member organizations in particular
The Malaysia MSM and TG Network or myISEAN and the community, in general.
is a newly-budding organization. It was formed out of
Sarawak was once forgotten by the IHP and
the communitys voice to have a national network of
myISEAN activities following the disbanding of
CBOs catering to the needs and well-being of MSM
SCHA. However, after nearly 2 years, myISEAN is
and TG during the early years of IHP. As an infant, it
touching base again with the community in
needs nurturing and guidance, most especially on
Sarawak.
how to sustain itself.
This opportunity made myISEAN well-known
Recognizing this need, myISEAN secretariat organized
among the TG leaders in the state and well-versed
a Proposal Writing Workshop on April 18-19, 2015 at
with the specific issues they face in
Furama Hotel in Bukit Bintang for its Board Members
living as who they
and selected representatives from its member CBOs.
are.
A total of 17 participants benefitted from the
workshop by gaining knowledge and skills in proposal One notable
writing. feedback
gathered from the

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gathering was that that as per Board decision made last General
they really need Assembly held on June 2015, Nazarius Celsus
support from CBO to Dorus shall assume her position as myISEAN Focal
fight for their rights to Point effective 26th June 2015. However, even
get access to health though she handed over her position to Nazarius,
care and reduce Dr. Zaki still sits in the board throughout the
stigma and discrimination by health care workers transition until next GA on 2016.
especially in Kuching.

Currently, the TG community connects with each


other through WhatsApp. This strong platform shall be ***
used by myISEAN to continue communicating with
them for follow up.

***

MyISEAN enjoys
APCOMs Assistance
myISEAN 9th Board Meeting
As the national network of MSM and TG in
Last 27th June 2015, myISEAN held its 9th Board Malaysia, myISEAN is part of the bigger umbrella
Meeting at Sani Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. It was called ISEAN or the Islands of Southeast Asia
attended by 7 board members, the Focal Point & the Network on Male and Transgender Sexual Health.
Network Coordinator. It was business as usual wherein Serving as the sub-regional network, ISEAN, on the
updates where reported by the National Coordinator other hand, is also part of a bigger umbrella of
on the programmatic achievements and financial networks in the Asia and the Pacific region. It is
stature of myISEAN. called APCOM or Asia
Pacific
Said meeting was the first one coordinated by the Coalition on
new network coordinator, Elly, who got on board since Male Sexual
March 2015, and attended by the two new board Health.
members - one from MSM and one from TG
community. Zaki, the myISEAN got
Focal Point to enjoy the
welcomed them to perks of being
the myISEAN family part of this
and expressed network of networks in Asia and the Pacific. Last
hopes that they May 25-27, 2015, APCOM, together with its
would work hard to member network AFAO or Australia Federation of
help the network AIDS Organizations, organized a Consultation
grow. Workshop with myISEAN in a hotel in Kuala
Lumpur. It was aimed at assessing myISEAN
One of the key discussions centered on how to ensure organizational stature using APCOMs newest
that CBOs needs are addressed. The Board agreed to organizational assessment tools called the Rapid
have regular consultations with the member CBOs Assessment Apparatus or RapApp and the
through various means. Dissemination Plan Template popularly known as
D-Plate.
Lastly and most importantly, Zaki officially announced

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It was
attended The Journey Through
by Nazarius,
Danisha ILEAF
and
Kishore, as
the Board
members
The journey to another country to be there
of myISEAN, Elly as the Network Coordinator for
for about 2 months is a journey to be taken by
myISEAN, Ben from AFAO, and Joe and Midnight from
itself.
APCOM. The Board Members were excited to know
how myISEAN would fair based on these tools. The ISEAN Leadership Fellowship (ILEAF)
Programme brought 2 Malaysian fellows to the
The first 2 days were tedious but productive wherein
Philippines, under the care of the organisation
myISEANs capacity along the lines of the 11
where they would stay for the next two months.
components of RapApp was assessed. These included
Starting on the 22 March 2015, the fellows were
Governance, Staffing, Project Design, Finance,
greeted by Ms. Daphne, the regional ILEAF
Membership, Stakeholder Engagement, Partnership,
Consultant, at the airport and were taken to Pinoy
Technical Capacity, Strategic Information,
Plus Inc. in Metro Manila.
Communication, and Advocacy.
During their stay, they had to get accustomed to
MyISEAN Board members found it challenging in the
their surroundings, where it was hotter than
Membership component as Rap App is designed to
Malaysia as it was summer in the Philippines that
cater to individual membership whereas, myISEAN, on
time. The sun was hotter and it was dryer. The sun
the contrary, recruits CBOs. However, they were
rose and set one hour earlier than Malaysia.
happy to know that the network needs more help in
these areas: developing partnerships, technical There were no problems in communicating as
capacity, communication and advocacy. most of the people they met in Manila could
speak English. Although, there were times, the
The third day was spent to craft the Technical Support
fellows could hear them say nose-bleed, a slang
Plan and Advocacy Plan. The board members who
term for having difficulty, which in this case was
were present planned out on what is next. One of the
speaking in English.
concrete next steps they planned out was the
conduct of the Double Disclosure Workshop for MSM The two fellows had a two hour Tagalog lessons. It
and TG who are HIV positive for them to be able to was hard because the language is rather
disclose their sexuality and HIV status. myISEAN would phonetic but not fully, unlike the Malay
have this workshop supported financially by AFAO. Language. As there are some words in Tagalog
that are similar to Malay language, it made it
Overall, the Board was very happy to be involved in
easier to guess what a person was saying when
such an opportunity. Thanks to APCOM and AFAO!
they talked slowly.

***

Starting on the 22 March 2015, the fellows


were greeted by Ms. Daphne, the regional
ILEAF Consultant, at the airport and were
taken to Pinoy Plus Inc. in Metro Manila.

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Then, the next challenge for the fellows was the food. because of AIDS-related illness were called out
They tried some of the local delicacies such as adobo, one by one. It was a very touching moment,
bangus (Milk Fish) and various others. Even the especially when one can see those affected
simplest of things such as maize and pizza on wheels crying during the ceremony. This was then
are delicious, something you will not find in Malaysia. followed by the lighting of the candles and
placing them near the quilts.
The fellows had
cultural immersions The journey ended on the 18 May 2015 where the
and they visited the fellows went back to Kuala Lumpur. What ILEAF
Manila Cathedral has taught them was that every country has its
Basilica, which was own unique knowledge to be shared with and
established in 1571 also to gain from the short 2 months visit.
by a secular priest,
Padre Juan de
Vivero. Most of the
***
relics were covered up during the visit as
it was Lent, a holy month for the Catholic, leading to
Easter. Next was Fort Santiago in Intramuros, which
was built by the Spanish conquistador Miguel Lpez
de Legazpi as a defensive fortress designed to protect
the newly formed city of Manila. This was then
followed by a day trip to the Philippine National
Museum, Rizal Park and Manila Ocean Park.

There were also various meetings and trainings


organised by Pinoy Plus. The ones that stood out was
the meeting with the Philippines National AIDS Council
(PNAC) and also with PhilHealth (a government
insurance body). The meeting with PNAC showed how
much my country needs an AIDS Law to protect
People Living with HIV (PLHIV), may it be in
confidentiality, employment, housing, etc. Not only
that, the government of Malaysia needs to be pro-
active in the prevention, especially positive
prevention if they want to lower the numbers of those
infected with HIV in the country. The Malaysian AIDS
Council also needs to work harder for the sake of its
partner organisations and not be bullied by the
government. The meeting with PhilHealth showed how
organised Pinoy Plus was. They were prepared with
the questions and even a study on what PLHIVs
concerns regarding PhilHealth.

Lastly, the fellows also joined in the International AIDS


Candlelight Memorial Observance Day (IACM) in Sta.
Ana Hospital and in Quezon City Memorial Circle. In
Sta Ana Hospital, the IACM was a simple ceremony
with a message of HOPE, while the one in Quezon
City Memorial Circle was an all-out event. What both
events had was the Lotus Ceremony, the opening of
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interactive website, Pinoy Plus will be given a


Pinoy+ Website useful communication and collaboration channel,
essential in partnership building and services
Development: Maximizing provision As an Organizational Development
strategy, the website can have a dramatic
Technology for Strategic influence across many aspects of the
organizations public relations and service
Strength provision. An internet presence through a website
portal will allow the organization to communicate
effectively with their partners, community and
other stakeholders. It can also potentially appeal
to local and national governments for funds and
On April 30, 2015, the website of Pinoy Plus support, individual and institutional donors, partner
Association went live. It can be accessed in organizations, the media, and most importantly
www.pinoyplus.org. The interactive website features the PLHIV community.
essential information about the organization, its
The website can also become an effective tool in
programs and services, practical information about
the advocacy activities. Through the website,
HIV & AIDS, Treatment Hubs and Testing Centers in the
information about policies and problems affecting
country. The website displays relevant HIV-related
the community can be effectively and efficiently
information especially in the areas of prevention,
communicated. Researches and Legislation
treatment, care and support. A portion of the website
campaign resources can be disseminated
features interaction for the organizations advocacy
effectively.
activities, campaigns and calls for action, with

The website was designed, developed and deployed by a


team of advocates and members of the organization.
specific features for feedback, networking and The website, when implemented, in return, will
communication. It displays links to the websites of have a beneficial impact on their partners,
different partner organizations (such as IHP, ISEAN, families, and communities, including reducing the
DOH, and other developmental agencies, social likelihood of new infections (prevention). Through
media links of different partners and network links of the website, the organization can share
the organization. Another page in the website information on the different aspects of services for
features Survey Questions with capabilities for the PLHIV community, including ARV compliance
evidence-building, data collection, research initiatives and adherence, Positive Living, prevention of
and other polling activities. opportunistic infections, and provision of
psychosocial support services, etc.
The website was designed, developed and deployed
by a team of advocates and members of the Networking and partnership building is essential in
organization. The development of the website was halting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In the current
funded by The Advocacy Grant for HIV, SOGIE and technology age of Internet Revolution, visibility
Human Rights of the ISEAN-Hivos Program (Global and social media campaigns are significant
Fund Round 10) through its Philippine sub-recipient channels in promoting the fight against the
Philippine NGO Council (PNGOC). HIV/AIDS incidence and prevalence. The internet
has become the main infrastructure whereby key
Through the development and implementation of an

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players and partners constantly collaborate and


coordinate. In the Philippines alone, Internet usage UP Manila wins The
has increased rapidly from only 9% in 2009 to 39% in
2013 (source: Project Wildfire Inter-
data.worldbank.org/indicator/FIT.NET.USER.P2).
University Poster-Making
From January to November 2014, a total of 5,502new
HIV cases had been reported to the HIV and AIDS Competition
Registry (Source NEC HIV AIDS Registry November
2014). The incidence rate has continued to increase
steadily from the first reported case in January 1984.
In November 2014 alone, there were 492 new cases With the support of the ISEAN-HIVos
which was 28% higher compared to the same period Program and the Philippine NGO Council
last year (n=384 in 2013).Males having sex with other (PNGOC), Take The Test Campaign, Inc.
males (85%) were the predominant type of sexual launched an online poster competition
transmission. Most of the cases (96%) were males and among targeted students of the Ateneo de
the reported mode of transmission was sexual contact
Manila University, University of the Philippines
(464) and needle sharing among injecting drug users.
Manila, and AMA
From 1984 to November 2014, there were already University in line
22,018 HIV+ cases. The November 2014 HIV/AIDS with The Project
Registry also reported that as of November 2014, there Wildfire series.
are 8,274 People Living with HIV (PLHIV) presently on
Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART). Studies showed that The objective is
information on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, to create an
care and support doesnt stop at HIV/AIDS counselling online poster
and testing but a continuing process including that clearly sends
improving quality and length of life of those people out the message of awareness about HIV and
living with HIV. This process involves the active and
AIDS. Out of the many entries submitted by
responsive coordination and communication within
participating students from said universities,
and among the different players in the PLHIV
UP Manilas College of Arts and Sciences
community, information sharing, resource mobilization
and increasing outreach capability. won. Nicole Anastacio, Marie Angela
Galapon, Anne Margaret Gutierrez, Amparo
Labez, Clarisse Marie Monton, Margarita
Joanne Sanchez, and Angelica Timbal
***
emerged victors with their own interpretation

Take The Test joins the AIDS


Candlelight Memorial
Take The Test supported the Mabalacat City Health
Department during the AIDS Candlelight Memorial
Caravan last May 17 at Dau, Mabalacat City, Pampanga.
Led by Dr. Ferdie Anunciacion, Dr. Clara Aquino, and Ms.
Marge Morales, RN,. Over 80 participants joined the walk,
mostly from the health department. TTT provided
counseling to willing clients who underwent HIV testing.

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of an effective IEC campaign material.


Take The Test Site
The artwork was chosen and decided upon by
the Take The Test officers and core members. The Relaunched
winning group received Php 10,000.00 prize
money plus Take The Test merchandise. The
online poster is now features at the Take The Take The Test relaunched its all-new
Tests Facebook page. website as part of its marketing efforts to remain
more visible digitally. Through the grant awarded
by the ISEAN-HIVos Program and the Philippine
NGO Council, TTT has partially allocated an
***
amount to push further domain and platform
registration for TakeTheTest.ph. Through the site,
people can access comprehensive
The Project Wildfire Goes to information on
HIV and
Ateneo de Manila AIDS, as well
as testing
University centers and
facilities
apart from
the people
Held behind the
at the AVR of team.
the Faura
Building, the
sophomore
Check out the
Psychology
new website at http://takethetest.ph
students of
Ateneo de Manila University
had a first-hand experience of one of the more
popular simulations of the infection spread of HIV: the ***
wildfire activity. Lead by the Take The Test team and
Dr. Jun Cuenca, the participants of the workshops
were rounded up and carefully mapped out to ensure
effectiveness of the result. 45 students participated
UP Manila Experiences
the in the interactive talk
The Project Wildfire
HIV 101 was given as well as answering questions that
were raised during the open mic session including In the series of activities held for The
questions about family acceptance and anti-retroviral Project Wildfire, Take The Test goes next to UP
treatment. Manila to tap its smart and practical students.

TTT merchandise were also given as prizes to those Starting with HIV 101, it is interesting to take note
participated in the recap segment of the program. that most students have false notions regarding
HIV such as it can be transmitted through kissing,
only among gay men, and only those who have
multiple partners. Incorrect information, which
***
have been corrected and aligned during the HIV
101.

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During the wildfire exercise, the students were asked


their determiners for choosing someone to shake
hands with and most came up with looks, familiarity,
and being too open for any available handshake
pretty much the same reasons when identifying
prospects for sex.

There are other questions that proved how illiterate


most young people are when it
comes to Prevention _by UP Manila,
sexual Theres No Need to Stress_by the ADMU, and
health. the Are You Sexy Enough?_infographic by the

Starting with HIV 101, it is interesting to take note


that most students have false notions regarding
HIV such as it can be transmitted through
kissing.

After the AMA University.


exercises and open mic, the Pulang Laso
episode of MMK was shown as a relevant angle for the The entry chosen by TTT core group was the one
infection. from UP Manila as it reflected a very positive
meaning and currently coincides the
11 out of 42 participants got a perfect 10/10 post- organizations thinking. Each of the Top 3 had
exercise result. cash prizes and merchandise from Take The Test
and their entries are posted on the TTT Facebook
page.
***
The prize was awarded by TTT President Ryan Pinili.

Universities join Take The ***

Test Poster-Making
Competition

Take The Test launches Inter-University Poster-Making


Competition joined by students from the Ateneo de
Manila University, University of the Philippines, and
AMA University. The project is a component of the
Challenge Grant funded by the ISEAN-HIVos Program
and the Philippine NGO Council. Out of the many
groups, two contenders from each school were
chosen until the top 3 came to a final review.

The final three entries were: The First Step to

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country. He gave emphasis on the slow increase


BEING HIV-SAVVY: There Is of HIV cases in the 90s and how it aggressively
increased in the 2000s.
Really Power In Knowing
Furthermore, the forum also highlighted
Loveyourselfs history and its milestones in terms of
the services it provides and the campaigns it
It is very important to be tested as HIV is a very spearheaded. A session on HIV Counselling and
controllable disease if detected early. A doctor will testing was also included.
even tell you that diabetes is even worse than HIV as it
gives many complication as time goes by. With HIV, as Participants actively participated in the workshops
long as you are taking the antiviral medications, you and shared their views on what they think, feel
are sure to control this disease and live a normal life and know about HIV. Overall, it was a success
expectancy. Another good news is that it is projected and was culminated by the opening of the photo
that within our lifetime, an HIV cure will be discovered. exhibit which will last in the entire duration of the
Living in the Philippines, how should you be tested? HIV Testing week.

Last May 11, 2015, Loveyourself, Inc. conducted an


HIV forum that aimed to promote HIV awareness
among the general population and call people to
action. The forum was attended by 40 participants, 30
converging in from different Community-based
Organizations and 10 members of the Program Staff
and Training team.

It is high time that, as young


individuals and stewards of the
future, we bring our fellows closer
to HIV testing and eradicate the stigma that
having HIV is the end of the world., said Yesha Tolentino,

It is high time that, as young individuals and stewards


It is vital that everyone takes part in the fight for
of the future, we bring our fellows closer to HIV testing
HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and support. That
and eradicate the stigma that having HIV is the end of
is why efforts like this create an advantage for
the world., said Yesha Tolentino, TLY-TPO, during her
every individuals to be fully aware and
welcome address. We feel that there is a need to be
enlightened. We may not hope to solve
aware that this disease is really existing and that there
everything at that but it is through everyones
are agencies and offices that help in its prevention
collective effort that significant change happens.
and management., she added.

The forum was all about giving the participants a


glimpse of the HIV situation in the country. Apparently, ***
According to the Philippine National AIDS Council or
better known as PNAC as of March 2015 we have a
total of 24, 376 HIV cases reported since January of
1984. John Darwin Ruanto, the Program Officer of
Loveyourself, Inc. pointed out that we must know that
the reason why we started counting as of 1984 is
because that was the year it was first reported in the

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Training on ICT-based
Tools Integration into
Transgender Advocacy
Initiatives for Visayas and
Mindanao CBOs

Through time, many have utilized the power of


ICT as a tool in getting their message heard on the far
side of the globe. However, people would regard the
myth Any communication is good communication
as true. This line of thought is indeed tempting.
Moreover, the United Nations Environment
Programme (2005) would say badly planned and understanding advocacy earmarked their
misplaced communications will, at best, not work capacity to interconnect advocacy and ICT
(wasting time and money); at worst they can have specifically media advocacy. The overview on ICT
negative consequences. was undertaken and they developed their
communications plan in harnessing the power of
The training would discredit the above myth by
media (Tolentino, 2015). Additionally, their training
fulfilling a sense of empowerment from the
was experiential and heuristic in allowing them to
participants thru increased understanding, various use
develop their own photo and video campaigns
of ICT-based tools, digital storytelling and reclaiming
anchoring on their selected issues. They had the
of ICTs in addressing their organizations advocacy
chance to observe the launching and ribbon
and campaign initiatives. Discussions on
cutting ceremony of the photo exhibit entitled
Capturing the Celebration of Transgender
Identities.

Claude Levi-Strauss, an Anthropologist mentioned


The wise man doesnt give the right answers; he
poses the right questions. That is to say targeting
works. Effective communications campaigns are
those that tightly define their target audiences
and have developed messages fitting to them.
Also, one has to think like a modern storyteller by
using the drama of the challenges and the
excitement of the solutions (UNEP, 2005). One must
be inspiring and make their campaign personal
and practical.

If you talk to a man in a language he


understands, that goes to his head. If you
talk to him in his language, that goes to his
heart.

~ Nelson Mandela

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M&E Online System for Proposal were


CBOs Ready...CBOs waiting for
the next round of Grants!
The Philippine NGO Council on Population,
Health and Welfare (PNGOC), organized two training
workshop on the use of IHP M&E Online System for
Community-Based

Organizations in Manila and Cebu. The first training


was conducted last March 30, 2015 at Anglo Center,
Mandaluyong Center. And the
other training
successfully
done last April
In order to
23 at Castle
help the
Peak Hotel,
Community-
Cebu City. A
based
total of
Organizations
eighteen
(CBOs) identifying
community representatives
the current gap in
participated in the training.
resources for sustainable
The overall goal of the training is to increase the programme intervention. And help them also
capacities and appreciation of members of MSM and understand the various sources and methods to
TG and PLHIV CBOs in monitoring and evaluation, mobilize resources. IHP Philippines organized the
specifically on the use of the IHP M&E Online Capacity Building Training on Resource
Monitoring Mobilization and Proposal Writing held at the
System. Bayleaf Hotel, in the historic Walled City of
Intramuros in Manila last June 17-18, 2015.
Ms. Tina
Ignacio The training started with context building and
presented and conceptualization framework where the CBOs
discussed the identified their strengths and weakness in relation
Basic Concepts to their people, their capabilities, their equipment
of M&E, IHP and their current sources of funds. There were
Stigma and Discrimination Study and IHP M&E Online lectures regarding resource mobilization followed
System for CBOs. The participants easily understand by the basics of proposal writing where the
the topics and appreciate the usefulness of participants familiarize themselves with the parts
Monitoring and Evaluation tools. They also like the and format of a proposal, some tips on proposal
simplicity of the way the training was conducted. writing and dos and donts of the process.

The one-day workshop ended with sharing of insights Day 2 started with the presentation of the cases,
and lessons learned by the participants. Everyone the identification of the NGOs problems, the
thanked the organizers and facilitator for the success possible solutions, similarities and ways to improve
the NGOs position from the point of view of
of the training.
resource mobilization. The case presentation was
followed by a lecture-discussion on the strategies
of resource mobilization where the facilitators and
*** the participants took a closer look at activities

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such as Philippines conducted a Capacity Building


submitting Training on Strategic Planning for Community-
grant based Organizations held last June 17-19, 2015 at
proposals, Bayleaf Hotel, City of Manila.
organizing
special The training was attended by 14 CBO
events, representatives from Mariposa de Zamboanga,
applying United Western Visayas, TEAM-Cebu, DIOSSA,
for donations, YPeer, Freshmen University and Founders
expanding relations, personal meetings and Federation of the Philippines. The participants
partnerships. Several exercises on the development of went through a series of workshops: Workshop 1:
a resource mobilization plan capped the discussion Drawing Ko, Buhay Ko (My drawing, My Life)
on resource mobilization. CBOs visualized their present status, their
relationship with the family, the organization and
On Day 3, the seven CBOs made an exhaustive the community. Workshop 2: Drawing ko,
presentation of their chosen propose projects. The pangarap ko (My drawing, my dream).
presentations were critiqued by the facilitators/CBOs.
Determining their role in the community, their
I will say that the CBOs are ready now. Each of them existing programs and services, and their strengths
have unique proposals. All participants were in high and weaknesses in these areas, including
spirits. Hoping they will get the grants very soon! leadership, advocacy and networking, education
and training, organizing, and funding and
resource mobilization. Workshop 3: Institutional
review: Their vision, mission, goals and objectives.
***
Workshop 4: A vision of where they are going and
what strategies to employ to
achieve their VMG.
Capacity Building Training Workshop 5:

on Strategic Planning for


Developing the CBO
Strategic Plan
following the
Community-based prescribed

Organizations
template which
includes the
profile of the
organization,
VMG,
Strategic planning is important to an
objectives
organization because it provides a sense of direction
and
and outlines measurable goals. It is also a tool that is
strategies,
useful for guiding day-to-day decisions and also for
budget.
evaluating progress and changing approaches when
moving forward. It was a very meaningful and fruitful 3 days
workshop for the seven CBOs. With this training
To help increase the capacities of MSM (men having
they were able developed their strategic plan
sex with men), TG (transgender people) and PLHIV
that applies and responds to MSM, TG and PLHIV
(people living with HIV) CBO leaders and members to
health and rights issues.
govern and operate their respective community-
based organization (CBO) in a more effective and Congratulations to all of you!
efficient manner through the development of a
strategic plan that applies and responds to MSM, TG ***
and PLHIV health and rights issues, ISEAN-Hivos

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#Finally!

Visual campaigns have been a current trend in business, schools


and homes, including health promotion. For the past 10 years, there were
many attempts to craft and utilize IEC-BCC materials on HIV, but these
approaches were based on both fear and death. The use TLYs strategy
which is more optimistic, lively, sex positive and out of the box, translated
to more people accessing HIV services.

TV commercials are part of the Filipinos way of life. The Hashtag #Finally
on the Visual Campaign was inspired by the success of the famous
commercial of Ariel detergent in the Philippines, We can see children
mimicking commercial jingles and even teenagers having fun of those
cool and humorous ads on TV. And the #Finally would be a great
strategy to promote HIV prevention and testing.

LoveYourself developed Visual Ad Campaign for HIV Prevention among


Young MSM and TGs. Enhance awareness among young
MSM and TGs, and to generate awareness among the
general youth population on STI/HIV and AIDS prevention,
and HIV counseling and testing, through a visual campaign
in support of the National HIV testing week.

One of the concepts for the Visual Ad campaign is bringing


the HIV testing closer to the community by encouraging your
friends to get tested.

The LoveYourself program staff will be responsible in the


distribution of the Visual Ad Campaign for HIV Prevention
among Young MSM and TGs to partner MSM, TG and PLHIV
community-based organizations, and even to CHO-SHCs
and other health institutions providing HIV-related services. The
materials will continuously be distributed during IHP activities in the
succeeding months. Overall the IHP-P2- IEC Visual Ad Campaign for
HIV Prevention among Young MSM and TGs was successful we were
able to reached more than 103 people who visited the HIV Visual Ad
campaign photo exhibit. And Media landings with the total of
274,400 reached through Facebook analytics.

***

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IHP Newsletter April June 2015

The National Consultation


Society Organizations (CSOs) attended the said
National Consultation, all

On Health, Sogie And


geared
up to

Human Rights Among


give
their

Transgender People
share
and
put
their
two
Last April 24 and 25, somewhere down south
cents
in Metro Manila, a powerful convergence happened.
on the
Thirty (30) transgender individuals from all over the
table.
Philippines gathered together in a National
Consultation organized by Loveyourself, Inc. The events key components focused on
highlighting and clustering issues and concerns
Loveyourself felt that there was a need to come up
affecting the Transgender Population into three
with a convergence of different Transgender
categories: Health, SOGIE, and Human Rights.
Individuals belonging to different Transgender
Several issues arose and the participants provided
Organizations and establish agenda on how to
for possible solutions and alternatives on how to
address and resolve issues affecting the sector. For it
address them.
to be realized, it had to take an intervention of
bringing together advocates and activists that would There is a need to make every intervention
serve as sources of information and conduits of participatory. We get the answers to our questions
knowledge exchange- creating a pool of ideas. These if we ask the right people. Having them play a
will later be clustered, sifted and reorganize bringing part of coming up with solutions in the issues and
about a draft of a national Transgender Agenda, problems that they are facing is a form of
shedding light on certain trans issues and providing empowerment- encouraging them to speak their
direction to the Philippine Trans Advocacy. minds and own their sectors concern.

Specifically, the objectives of the training-workshop Following the National Consultation was the
were to familiarize with the National LGBT and launch of the Trans Guardians comicswhich was
Transgender situation on health, SOGIE and human also a product of the TLY-IHP initiatives on
rights. The organ izers wanted to situate transgender addressing Transgender Persons issues.
rights on the current politico-legal situation of the
country and identify actions and alternatives to push
for transgender advocacies.
***
It is vital that these Transgender Persons could
appreciate the roles that they can play as focal and
resource persons in the community. That is why we
need to cluster different transgender issues and come
up with, at the very least, a draft of the National
Transgender Agenda. Miss Yesha Tolentino (Trans
Program Officer for Loveyourself) remarked.

The two-day consultation was held at the B Hotel


2107, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang,
Muntinlupa City on April 24-25, 2015 (Friday to
Saturday). Thirty representatives from different
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Celebrating Love;
would want more. But given the indicators of
success that weve setthe number of

Celebrating Pride participants and organizations, as well as the


social mediathats what matters. Whats
important is the impact of the event, as
explained by Mr. Ronivin Pagtakhan, TLY Executive
director.
Rainbow Racers brave the showers of the
pouring afternoon rain as they try their very best to win LGBT pride is the positive stance against
challenges-- Challenges that not only make the race discrimination and violence
more exciting but gave importance to the essence of toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
affirming LGBT pride and HIV awareness. transgender (LGBT) people to promote
their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights,
June is Pride Month; it is usually the time when LGBT
increase their visibility as a social group,
discrimination and other issues are given enough
build community, and celebrate sexual
attention. LoveYourself aimed to conduct an HIV
diversity and gender variance. Pride, as
prevention related event in an innovative way. Thus,
opposed to shame and social stigma, is
they came up with the Pride Carnivale 2015. The
the predominant outlook that bolsters most
event aimed to add the element of youth and fun, to
LGBT rights movements throughout the
persuade the targeted most-at-risk population, to
world.- Wikipedia
enlighten that AIDS-related deaths
can be prevented by Through these kinds of
knowing and understanding events, Loveyourself
the situation and that hopes to reach more
clearly amalgamated the people, not only the LGBT
essentials of the activity. sector but the population
as a whole. It hopes to
The Pride Carnivale
instill a spirit of equality-
celebrated freedom, love,
one that does not only
self-worth and the value of
accept, does not only
how important each
tolerate, but above all, one
individuals role is. As an
that embraces. It is through
avenue to promote
involving everyone that the
oneness and social
true essence of
responsibility, this activity
understanding is evoked
gathered families, friends
and discrimination is
and the local LGBT
dispelled.
community in support of
HIV and AIDS prevention and health Through innovative
equality. interventions such as ICT-integration (just like what
was done in the Rainbow Race) in advocacy and
During the Pride Carnivale, a feeding program for 300
campaigning, you reach a number of people in
people and offers free massage were included. But
multiplied proportions. You create a limitless world
the highlight is the Rainbow Race. It involves
where everyone is interconnected and you
challenges affirming LGBT pride.
translate that virtual connection into something
The tasks have something to do with the interventions concrete, something real.
that we do at LoveYourself, including HIV testing,
sexual orientation/ gender identity and expression, as
well as the advocacies that we do, specifically to ***
increase awareness about issues of discrimination,
and sexually transmitted infections such, as HIV/AIDS, I

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Capacity Building
Transgender Community In
Beauty Brigade Salon In
District Baucau

The beauty brigade training was held on 8-9


April, 2015 in office FTH Baucau district Timor-Leste. participants
The participant who attended in total of 12 people of this
including one transgender facilitators (Nadila) and training
program officer (Romiaty), including the TG once
coordinator (Lana) and assistant TG coordinator excited,
(Tata) in the beginning of activity the opening from the
speech by the transgender program officer after. results of
Expectations of beauty Brigade training are as follows: this
Increase understanding and ability in knowing about training
the beauty of the whole face and also learning more can increase
about how to straightening hair with a number of their knowledge about the
different ways such as hair rebounding, hair beauty.
smoothing, ionic hair,
Training we also providing information about
In this session, they also learn about how to make up sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV / AIDS /
and apply the makeup product such as basically exp; STI and also information about SOGIE so that the
cleanser clean, facial tonic, moisturizers, foundation participants can avoid the disease. Therefore, the
and powder. The participants also learning about the participants still less so in such information, the
coloring process for hair. Regarding the two-days results of this training, the participants understands
training they can that already can from this training, and can add
understand how insight knowledge about the information as well.
know beauty Closing the training, all the participants we are
makeup, facial take photos together with transgender
care and communities and we give the certificated
pedicure- regarding the training Beauty makeup, facial
manicure with care, pedicure and manicure.
good results,
after that the
***

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IHP Newsletter April June 2015

Capacity Building for


Transgender Community In
Beauty Brigade Salon In
District Oe-Cusse

The beauty brigade training was held on May


26-28 May 2015 in office FTH at Oe-cusse
Distrct,Timor-Leste. The total of participant were 12
people included one transgender facilitators (Jacinto
Soares ) and program officer (Romiaty), the TG
coordinator (Lana) and assistant TG coordinator
(Tata) in the beginning of activity the opening
speech by the transgender program officer after
expectations of beauty Brigade training are as follows:
Introduction salon area and salon service Increase
understanding and ability in knowing about the daily
beauty .

Also learn about how to straightening hair with a


product of different ways such as hair rebounding,
ionic hair. Hair smoothing Learning about how to do
the makeup for different occasions such as formal
and informal. Also learn about how to make up and
apply the makeup product such as basically exp;
foundation, powder, eye shadow also pencil for
eyebrow, mascara and blush on and lipstick and To
learn also about how to do the haircut. Also learn
about how to straightening hair with a product of
different ways such as hair rebounding, ionic hair
smoothing Increase understanding and ability in
knowing about the beauty of the daily beauty To
better know and understand how to use hair dryer,
the facilitator also explains more about self-
care and how well the hair, then explain more
about how to create, facials, manicure and
pedicure good the whole body, by obstruction
in the second period immediately practice
facilitator for hair and beauty salon with one
another, after the facilitator directly handed
over to the participants the opportunity to
practice each to train how to create, facials,
manicure and pedicure.

***

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IHP Newsletter April June 2015

Beauty Brigade Salon In District Suai

The beauty brigade training was held on 20-21 April, 2015 in office FTH Suai district Timor-Leste. The
participant who attended total of 12 people including one transgender facilitators (Sinto ) and program
officer (Romiaty), including the TG coordinator (Lana) in the beginning of activity the opening speech by
the transgender program officer after expectations of beauty Brigade training the communities learning
about Increase understanding and ability in knowing about the beauty of the whole face and Also we
learn about how to make up and apply the makeup product such as basically exp ;cleanser clean ,facial
tonic, moisturizers, foundation and powder Also learn about the coloring process for use on the hair. Also
learn about how to straightening hair with a number of different ways such as hair rebounding, hair
smoothing, hair tonic. Leaning about beauty make-up for formal and non-formal occasion.

They learned more about how to create, facial care, pedicure and manicure are either the whole body, by
an obstruction in the second period immediately practice facilitator in a beauty salon with one another,
after the facilitator directly handed over to the participants the opportunity to practice each to train how to
make up, facial care, pedicure and manicure, To continue, the facilitator also take place at the
opportunity to practice in a beauty salon.

This two-day training can add insight about how to understand the training on this beauty salon.
Transgender Program Officer continue to provide information about SOGIE, HIV / AIDS and STIs to the
transgender community, from all of this information can add to the community in a more knowing how
one's status and how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases safely, then we also saw a video about his life
transgender.

***

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IHP Newsletter April June 2015

Happy and Proud to


in Timor Leste. The Talk show was moderated by
two moderators, having Romiaty, CODIVA Trans

Express: CODIVA
Program Officer who moderated in Tetum, and
Ms. Karren, an Australian Volunteer who works for

commemorated the June


Fundasaun Timor Harii as the Program Mentor
who moderated the event in English, since some

Pride Month
of the audience were non-tetum speakers.

After the Talk Show, during the snacks time, a


photo booth was open to the attendees.
Everyone was welcomed to write their messages
Held in CODIVA Community Center on 19th in regards with Pride Month on a piece of paper
June 2015, LBGT communities in Timor Leste and they were photographed while holding their
commemorated the June Pride Month for the very first messages. All participants were very excited to
time. The event was attended by around 70 take their turn to have their pictures taken by the
participants coming from different background; photographer with their messages.
Timorese LGBT communities, Civil Society
Organizations, Local authorities, religious groups as
well as other stakeholders.
***
There was drama performance carried out by one of
CODIVA CBOs, Rebenta.
The drama
told the
audience
about daily
stigma and
discrimination
faced by the
transgender
female in Dili
as well as the
current
impressions of
the public
towards
them. After
the drama,
a newly
produced
movie
about LGBT people in Dili
was screened. The movie highlighted the pride of the
LGBT communities of being who they are despite the
prejudices from the public towards the LGBT
communities.

The main part of the event was the Talk Show. During
the talk show, 4 LGBT persons were interviewed. They
were one Transgender, one gay, and a couple of
Transgender woman with her partner. The talk show
highlighted on how it was being an LGBT person living

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IHP Newsletter April June 2015

Educating Tolerance and Acceptance, Establishing


functioning Response System in Timor Leste through
CLC and CRC projects

Community Learning Center and Community Response Center are two projects which are currently
being implemented in Timor Leste by Coalition for Diversity and Action (CODIVA) in Timor Leste. The two
projects are funded by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFS).

Community Learning Community Respond


Center (CLC): Educating Center (CRC): National
public on SOGIE, HIV and Response Center to
Human Rights document Human Rights
Violations experienced
Community Learning Center is a project with
an aim of Promoting Sexual Orientation and Sexual
by MSM and TG persons
Identity and Expression (SOGIE) and Human Rights
Literacy in Timor Leste through a Community Rights
in Timor Leste
and Citizenship Resource Center targeting the youth, CRC is a project with an aim of Setting up
as well as most at risk population (MARP), LGBTs, Local and Running of Community Response Centers to
Authorities, General societies, Religious Leaders, and Report and Document human rights violations
other stakeholders. This is to reduce stigma and and stigma and discrimination experienced by
discrimination which are faced by the LGBT LGBT communities in Timor Leste and PLHIVs.
communities in the country.
A Pilot Training on how to document the human
The project has implemented CLC Campaign rights violations was conducted at CODIVA Office
Caravans in 6 different venues, 1 per districts. on 21 23 April 2015 for CODIVA Staff and other
Promoting SOGIE, Human Rights and HIV issues. At the Civil Society Organizations who are working with
moment, the project is implementing further LGBT communities particularly MSM and TG
campaigns at educational institutions in Dili. persons. The pilot training was facilitated by the
PDHJ (Provedoria Dos Direutus Humanus e Justica:
A Community Learning Resource Center has been set
Timor Leste National Human Rights Council) and
up as well in CODIVA Office 2nd floor. Where people
the UNHRC (United Nation Human Rights Council).
can get access to different literature on the issues and
They provided the participants with tools and
access information online by using the free internet
guidance how a violation can be reported and
caf provided by the center to the public.
documented properly to be then action can be
taken and followed up.

*** Further, to establish and to make sure that the


system can be implemented nation-wide. Another
training on the CRC system was conducted

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inviting CBO focal points from 6 different districts of Timor Leste. The CRC
District Focal Point Training was conducted in CODIVA Office on 11 12
May 2015. During the training, the representative of the districts were
taught on how to document and follow up the human rights violations.

At the end of the training, contracts were signed by the district focal
point to be ADDH (Advokatur Distritu Direitu Humanus), who will be
responsible to perform socialization of the CRC system in the district
level and assist in documenting the cases if occurs. Each month the
ADDH is required to make a monthly report to CODIVA on their
activities related to CRC, be it documenting cases, or socializing the
system to the public and the district LGBT communities.

***

comprehensive health services provided for MSM


Health Care Provider and TGs free from stigma and discrimination.
Meanwhile on the 3rd day of the training, the
Training participants were given chance to perform a role
play on how to treat MSM and TG persons in
Health Care
settings free from
Held in Fundasaun Oriente Dili, CODIVA stigma and
implemented In-Country Sensitization Training for discrimination.
Health Care Providers in Timor Leste on 17-19 June
2015. This Training was co-organized by the Ministerio An Action
de Saude (Ministry of Health of Timor Leste), and was Planning was also
officially opened by the representative of Ministry of arranged at the
Health Timor Leste. Ms. Martha, an officer from MoH last session of the
took the chance on the first day to give a context training. It
background of Timor Leste and the HIV- AIDS cases in provided time
the country. Presentation was made in two languages, for the
Tetum and Bahasa Indonesia to allow the Facilitator participants to
understands the local context of Timor Leste. come up with
their own action
The Training was attended by around 15 Health Care plan on what to
workers coming from different Health providers existed do after the 3
in the country; Dili Hospitals, Health clinics, Military days training in relation to the
Hospitals, Districts health clinics as well as from SSPs, knowledge they got during the 3 days.
(religious institution which focus on delivering services
for PLHIVs in Timor Leste) The Facilitator, Ibu Ninuk also encouraged the
participants to echo the training to other health
The 3-day training was facilitated by Ibu Ninuk care workers in their own settings, and if necessary
Widyantoro, a senior SRHR and Phycologist from maintain networking with CODIVA, just in case the
Indonesia. The highlights of the training were: Context involvement of the communities in this case
Building around Health Issues, MSM and TG persons, CODIVA is needed further.
SRHR, and other basic themes. On the second day of
the training, the topics focused more on ***

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IHP Newsletter April June 2015

United States of America discrimination towards LGBT not only happening in


this country but it is a global issue that every

Ambassador Visit to country are facing everyday.

Transgender community in Timor Leste


CODIVA Office represented by Lana, Belinya and also Romiaty
send a message to the Ambassdor that hopefully
they will continue to support CODIVA activities in
the future. This is to create a better living for
On the 15th May 2015, United States of everyone including LGBT community that always
America Ambassador for Timor Leste pay a visit to being marginalized.
CODIVA office. One of the purpose to celebrate
IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and
Transphobia) and to create a stronger relationship
between CODIVA and USA embassy in Timor Leste. ****

Her Excellency received a very welcome from


CODIVA staff and also MSM and TG community in
Timor Leste. During the event, Jovianna as CODIVA
Program Manager gave a welcoming speech to the
Ambassador,
MSM and TG
community that
were
represented by
Transgender
Coordinator,
Lana Nunes.
She gave a
heartfelt thank
you to the
Ambassador
that has wiling
to spare her
time to visit
CODIVA and
to know more
about LGBT
community in
Timor Leste.

CODIVA share the information rgerading activities


that has been done by IHP and also from CBO that
coordinates under CODIVA, including Journalistic
course and English course to the community.

Now we have 9 CBO, as Jovi explained.

Her Excellency thanking CODIVA for the invitation and


she truly appreciate all the activities that CODIVA has
been doing to the LGBT community in Timor Leste. The
Ambassador gave a a statement that stigma and

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IHP Newsletter April June 2015

Multistake Holder Forum Workshop on Law and


Human Rights
An activity taking title: Workshop on Sharia
Policy called Qanun Jinayat in Aceh has taken
place in Oasis Hotel, on April 27, 2015. Some of the Workshop on Law and Human Rights in
objectives are to review and discuss sharia policy Solo, Central Java has taken place in Aston Hotel,
Qanun Jinayat and how it will affect MSM and TG in April 30, 2015. Some of the objectives are to
Aceh. Another objective is to review and discuss the review and discuss the enforcement of Law and
enforcement of Law and Human Rights, in particular Human Rights, in particular for MSM and TG
for MSM and TG Community Community
and to
This multistake folder forum were attended by 21 enhance well
participants who are administrators, staff and understanding
volunteers of Violet Grey. Some of the summary of on litigation
actions that needs to be taken are empowerment and non
and capacity building to the community on legal and litigation
human rights, to provide an understanding of among MSM
sustainable SOGIE to the GWL Community, to provide and TG
assistance to the GWL community to access health Community.
services and other services. In addition, to increase
GWL community knowledge about the law, especially Not more than 3
concerning the Qanun Jinayat, formulating a security representatives
procedures such as SOP self evacuation and office of CBOs
evacuation for safetys sake if Qanun Jinayat come members of
into force, provide insight to the LGBT community that GWL-INA
should begin to adapt and follow the rules in Aceh Network in Solo
making it easier for the community to socialize with took part as
local communities and other stakeholder participants in this workshop. The attendance
came from the following CBOs : 1) Gessang
If there were Surakarta (3 persons); 2) Gaya Mahardika
incidents of Surakarta (6 persons); 3) Spek HAM (3 persons); 4)
violence and arrests Hiwaso (6 persons) and 5) Talitakum (1 persons). By
that can be done is the end of the workshop, summaries of actions
see, hear and that need to be taken such as the establishment
record as a basis for of the LGBT Community forums or networks
documentation. Surakarta, record of violence case on
There has to be a organizational level, discussion of cases of
contact person who can easily be reached if a violence and discrimination against LGBT, creating
problem occurs and also to Improve coordination network or forum work plan and SOGIE
with the national network. dissemination to law enforcement.

*** ***

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Capacity Building for MSM National Meeting


& TG CBOs and Other Coordination and
Network of Most at Risk Consultation Meeting
Population on Utilizing HIV-
Related Research Findings On 18-22 May, 2015, 2015 at Serela Hotel,
Bandung, GWL-INA Network conduct National
Case Study on CATS Consultation Meeting to Finalize Strategic
Planning. This meeting is to formulate and finalize 3
Results years strategic plan of GWL-INA Network as a
program and activity works guideline for both
GWL-INA National secretariat and its
CBO members.
A capacity building activity has taken place
at Pop Hotel Tebet on May 4-5, 2015. Some of the Not more than 37
participants from 6 key effected population in Jakarta representatives of
attend this event. The participants came CBOs members
from: 1) Swara (a of GWL-INA
person) 2) Yayasan Network attend
Inter Medika (a this meeting. This
person) 3) Fokus Muda activity is
(a person) 4) LPA funded by IHP
Karya Bhakti (a and UNAIDS, 28
person) 5) Jaringan CBOs funded
Indonesia Positif (a by IHP and the
person) 6) Ikatan others CBOs
Perempuan Positif funded by
Indonesia (2 persons). UNAIDS. Criteria
that were used
Continuation after this to select the
event is an advanced invited
workshop continued participants as
with the help of Atma follow: 1) CBO
Jaya PPH about data and Support
analysis from the group that
CATS study variable. have become
Some of the GWL-INA member
objective from this approved by 2015 National meeting and Board
activity is to educate participants on useful consideration; 2) CBOs that have been actively
informations could be drawn from CATS study for involved in the capacity building program; 3)
planning and advocacy purposes and to enhance CBOs that have been actively in the
understanding (knowledge and skill) of the communication and coordination in their area;
participants on how to analyze raw data of an HIV and 4) CBOs that have been actively complying
Study (CATS Study). membership term and condition.

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