"Filipinos are among the healthiest people in Southeast Asia by 2022, Asia by 2040." This is the vision for Joseph Michael by making sure that all PLHIVs will be link to care.
JM is the man behind the HIV advocacy in Region 3. Currently working as the HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Program Coordinator in Region 3 Central Luzon (Department of Health - Regional Office 3), JM has helped in the establishment of 10 treatment hubs and seven HIV primary care clinics, as well as satellite treatment hubs and a social hygiene clinic, in seven provinces in the said region.
JM also has a strong influence that encouraged local chief executives and head of the hospitals to take part in his chosen advocacy and provide HIV primary services in all part of the region.
As the region's HIV Program Coordinator, JM was able to reach out to people in Central Luzon, particularly to PLHIVs by establishing screening and testing facilities, as well as providing the necessary treatment and care that they need
As of now, he is still establishing more facilities to cater HIV testing services from hospitals down to the RHU levels.
JM has an untiring dedication to the cause. His colleagues said that you can send him a query at 3:00 in the morning and you can get a response.
He also goes beyond his duties and provide his clients with more than just medication. He goes to the extent of making sure that his clients who tested positive for HIV will also receive the emotional support that they need.
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About the Ripple Awards
The second Ripple Awards was inspired by the ethos of courage and compassion in the face of tremendous odds, thus now honoring five (5) individuals, three (3) organizations and a project which demonstrates the genuine ability to move other people towards uplifting the lives affected by the HIV-AIDS epidemic.
Beyond the glitz and glamor, The Ripple Awards celebrates the great human potential to drive change, inspire hope, and bring healing to others in need. Save the date for the awarding of the top Ripplers at the Love Gala on May 11, 2019. Get your tickets here.