Thursday, August 4, 2011

1st International Seafarers Convention

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The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) are the among the major problems among overseas Filipino workers and the seaman.

There is a recent report from Department of Health , 178 cases as of this June, 2011. There are 22 found to be from OFWs with 18 of them males and most of them are seaman or sea based personnel.

They acquired the diseases through heterosexual intercourse, bisexual and homosexual intimacy.  New cases has been reported of 1,016 Filipino HIV victims and 18 full blown AIDS cases in the first five months of 2011.

Because of this concern, HIV/AIDS has been listed  among the priority topics to be discussed on the 1st International Seafarers Family Convention and Exhibit Today at the Philippine International Convention Center at Pasay City.

Guest speaker is Dr.Asif Atat, AIDS advisor of the ITF Seafarers Trust in the United Kingdom, was invited to speak the subject topic. It has the theme of The Bonds of Families, the success of the World.  Interested party can contact the International Seafarers Family Convention at 02 8325422 or email at:  Hope this convention will be successful. And Filipino workers will realized the effects to their family and to the world.

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