CALBAYOG City, Samar, Oct. 31, 2014—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Health Care (ECHC), in partnership with the Diocese of Calbayog, held a seminar on tuberculosis education on Oct. 22 to 26 in Calbayog City.
Some 68 health care volunteers from 48 parishes under the Calbayog diocese were given intensive training, which would enable them to easily detect the presence of tuberculosis and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in their communities.
As part of the “Interpersonal Communication and Counseling on Tuberculosis” seminar, volunteers were also taught the basics of counseling set to improve TB holding and journeying with TB patients during medication.
This intervention aims to address as much as 10% of the total number of TB cases in the region.
Meanwhile, the CBCP-ECHC, in tandem with the Philippine Catholic HIV and AIDS Network (Philchan) Visayas, also conducted a pastoral training on HIV/AIDS on Oct. 16 to 18 in Cebú City.
Over 50 participants attended the seminar, which aimed to assist people living with HIV in the region, and to help create an HIV-free society.
The delegates signed a pledge of commitment signifying their involvement in the advocacy of stopping spread of HIV, especially among the Visayan youth. (Raymond A. Sebastián)