- ADVOCACY TRAINING, SUVA
- 7th REGIONAL EAST PACIFIC MEETING FOR GLOBAL FUND
- HIV SPECIFIC HUMAN RIGHTS TRAINING
- AIDS AMBASSADORS TRAINING
- AIDS AMBASSADORS OUTREACH PROGRAM
- THE B.I.B.L.E PROJECT
- DISCRIMINATION STUDY
- HARDSHIP GRANT
This year's advocacy training is organized by the Fiji Positive Network (FJN+) and will be conducted on the 6th - 10th of September in Suva, Fiji. The advocacy training is attended by 11 PLHIV will be attending the training. A similar training will be conducted in Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu at later dates.
Each year the Global fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) convenes a meeting of all stakeholders involved in implementing Global fund grants in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) Region.
The 7th Regional East Asia Pacific will be held in Laos, Vietnam from the 13th - 17th September, 2010. Five representatives from the pacific islands representing the Pacific Islands Regional Multi-Cultural Coordinating Mechanism (PIRMCCM) will be attending. Temo Sasau from PIAF's desk in Lautoka, Fiji will be representing the Civil Society Organization (CSO) sector in the region.
The HIV Specific Human Rights Training of Trainers consists of a team of three; a trainer, a paralegal and an AIDS Ambassodor (AA). This year the ToT will take place in Samoa from teh 19th - 2nd of October, 2010. Joave Vakacereivalu from PIAF's Fiji desk, will be attending as a PLHIV (AA) facilitator.
The AIDS Ambassadors Training Program gives HIV positive people the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills to live proactively with their health status. This involves an intensive and structured, two week training session which includes the study of legal and human rights, life skills, public advocacy, and treatment.
Trained AIDS Ambassadors are supported to engage with, and educate, community groups by addressing common misconceptions about HIV and AIDS in the Pacific.
PIAF’s AIDS Ambassador Outreach program provides funding for full-time public advocates to speak about HIV and AIDS to a variety of community groups that include: government, health and Church groups.
AIDS Ambassadors put a face to HIV in the Pacific. The sharing of their very personal experiences enables people to see them as a brother, a sister, a mother, a father, a daughter or a son - not just a statistic. AIDS Ambassadors help to educate and change negative stereotypes and break down the destructive barriers of stigma and discrimination.
Many AIDS Ambassador Trainees have become HIV advocates in their own countries either as volunteers or by receiving funding through the Pacific Regional HIV Programme (PRHP).
The B.I.B.L.E. project, Building Incredibly Beautiful Lives Enthusiastically, is designed to provide a combination of therapies to help PLHIV learn or regain life skills. The project aims to build peer support and group counselling for HIV positive people. It is conducted in partnership with the Pacific Theological College based in Suva, Fiji.
*The B.I.B.L.E project features in issue 44 of the International Community of Women Living with HIV and AIDS magazine http://www.icw.org/icw_newsletter
In 2006, PIAF initiated a study into Stigma and Discrimination experienced by positive people in the Pacific. The study involved HIV positive people from Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Samoa, and Solomon Islands, and was funded through the Pacific Regional HIV Programme’s (PRHP) competitive grant program. The findings of the study can be found at HIV and AIDS-Related Stigma and Discrimination: Perspectives of HIV-Positive People in the Pacific
Since 2003, PIAF has been operating a Hardship Grant program providing emergency or temporary relief assistance to PLHIV who are facing extreme hardship. Criteria have been set by PIAF in administering the grants. Please contact
for further information.
Funds for the hardship grant come from a range of sources, including charity auctions, individual donations, and grants from the Global Fund and NZAID, with implementation assistance provided through WHO, SPC, and AIDS Task Force Fiji (ATFF).
In a geographically vast region, PIAF uses a multimedia approach to reach isolated islands and help put a Pacific ‘face’ to HIV. PIAF has produced six documentaries featuring HIV positive Pacific Islanders most of which are available in multiple languages.
Positive Lives Series: Maire, Peati, Irene, Maiinga, and Faces & Voices
PIAF’s Positive Lives series began in 1999 with the documentary Maire, a film about the founder of PIAF - one of the first HIV positive people to go public with her status in the Pacific. In 2006 PIAF revived the series with two documentaries named after the women they feature: Peati, the story of an HIV positive Samoan woman and Irene, about a Ni-Vanuatu woman - each film focuses on the various challenges the women faced after diagnosis.
The documentaries Peati and Irene won Peace and Development Awards at the Pacific Media Peace Awards. Director and producer was Ingrid Leary.
PIAF is completing the most recent film the Positive Lives series – Maiinga, the story of a baby girl born to two HIV positive parents, Marama Smith from New Zealand and Tony Pala from Papua New Guinea.
Faces and Voices of Pacific HIV, another film in the Positive Lives series, documents the stories of HIV positive Pacific Islanders from Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. It was filmed in 2003 and is now a multi-media package that includes: DVD interviews, HIV education material, and profiles of the people interviewed. Faces & Voices was used in the Cook Islands as an advocacy tool for addressing HIV related stigma and discrimination.
Breakfast with Mandela
The film, made when Maire Bopp Dupont Allport visited South Africa to speak at the launch of a peer educators program in September 2002, features Maire meeting with former South African President, Nelson Mandela The bilingual DVD has been distributed to government, religious and cultural leaders across the Pacific.