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U.N. to vote on reduced extension of cross-border aid to Syria

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:41 PM

Saturday's vote will be on a new draft text submitted by Germany and Belgium, which would provide for a single aid access point into Syria

WAR-TORN. Syrian gather on July 12, 2017 at a destroyed building in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, 100 days following a suspected toxic gas attack. File photo by Omar haj Kadour/AFP

COVID-19 imperils progress vs AIDS, UN warns

Jul 07, 2020 - 1:02 PM

Around 1.7 million people were infected last year, and there are now close to 40 million people living with HIV worldwide

VERSUS HIV/AIDS. The UNAIDS building in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by

Cash aid program helped sprout home businesses in Makati, says Abby Binay

May 30, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Makati Mayor Abby Binay says the city government has released a total of P1,035,810,000 in financial assistance to 207,162 qualified residents

CASH AID FOR MAKATIZENS. Makati Mayor Abby Binay holds a virtual press conference on May 11, 2020. Screenshot from My Makati's Facebook page

No coronavirus emergency cash aid for June – Roque

May 30, 2020 - 2:23 PM

An exception may be made for families living in areas that have been placed under localized ECQ by mayors and governors

Residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila receives P8,000 cash aid from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on the eve of the payout deadline, May 6, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

South African AIDS researcher wins 500,000-euro French prize

May 27, 2020 - 10:13 PM

Quarraisha Abdool Karim is best known for a study that found that a gel of the anti-retroviral drug tenofovir is effective in reducing the risk of women catching HIV and genital herpes during sex

TOP PRIZE. Quarraisha Abdool Karim wins the half a million-euro Christophe Merieux Prize for her work for the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa. File photo from Wikipedia

'Mabuhay ang 1%!' Netizens slam Cynthia Villar for remark on middle-class Filipinos

May 20, 2020 - 3:06 PM

'Bold of you to assume everyone's salaries are enough to sustain a family in this pandemic,' one netizen tells Senator Cynthia Villar

Villar: Why provide cash aid to middle class when they have salaries?

May 20, 2020 - 12:05 AM

'Bakit bibigyan 'yung middle [class] eh may trabaho sila? Kahit lockdown, sumusuweldo sila,' Cynthia Villar says amid reports that at least 2.3 million private sector workers have been affected by the coronavirus lockdown

MIDDLE CLASS TOO? Senator Cynthia Villar answers questions from the Senate media. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DILG: Those who received cash aid twice need to return money to government

May 19, 2020 - 11:05 PM

Secretary Eduardo Año says President Duterte ordered that the names of those who got double benefits be made public

RETURN. A beneficiary in General Trias, Cavite returned the cash aid she received. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Coronavirus lockdowns could spark rise in HIV infections, experts warn

May 12, 2020 - 10:41 AM

In a survey, a quarter of the men say they had experienced problems getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases, because thousands of centers that used to provide them have closed down

AIDS deaths could double in sub-Saharan Africa due to COVID-19 – U.N.

May 12, 2020 - 12:37 AM

A six-month disruption of antiretroviral therapy due to the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to more than 500,000 extra deaths in the region in 2020-2021, according to the WHO and UNAIDS

LIST: Countries giving aid to Philippines during coronavirus pandemic

Apr 16, 2020 - 8:45 PM

(6th UPDATE) Assistance comes in the form of funds or emergency items such as personal protective equipment for health workers, face masks, and other medical supplies

COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS. Local governments clean communities as coronavirus cases climb in the Philippines. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Groups step up to help people living with HIV during coronavirus outbreak

Mar 26, 2020 - 12:58 PM

People living with HIV are among those significantly affected by lockdowns which pose challenges to access life-saving medication and services

LIVING WITH HIV. People living with HIV face challenges in accessing life-saving medication and services during the enhanced community quarantine. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

'Pantawid quarantine': Duterte gov't eyes release of P8,000 each for millions

Mar 22, 2020 - 2:16 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda says minimum wage earners prevented from working because of a lockdown can avail of the assistance

HELP TO COME. Consumers buy goods more than their daily need at a Market in Quezon City on March 13, 2020, after President Duterte announced on March 12 a community quarantine due to the rise in COVID-19 infections in the city. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

London man 2nd patient to be cured of HIV

Mar 11, 2020 - 12:38 AM

Researchers caution that the breakthrough does not constitute a generalized cure for HIV, which leads to nearly one million deaths every year

Batangas gov asks Chinese envoy for grant to help in Taal rehab

Jan 19, 2020 - 4:12 PM

Governor Dodo Mandanas says the grant or soft loan is 'relative to projects which are directed towards strengthening our development strategies'

Photo courtesy of Katrin Buted, Batangas Capitol PIO

LIST: Countries offer aid amid Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 17, 2020 - 1:25 PM

(6th UPDATE) Foreign countries offer aid for affected communities as the Taal Volcano unrest persists

DESTROYED. Large fissures wrecked homes, roads, houses, and establishments in Barangay Bangin in Agoncillo, Batangas, on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

A record 45 million people need urgent food aid in southern Africa – U.N.

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:54 PM

'This hunger crisis is on a scale we’ve not seen before and the evidence shows it’s going to get worse,' World Food Programme regional director Lola Castro says

FOOD AID. Schoolchildren from Ankileisoke Primary School eat lunch, offered by the World Food Programme's Under-nutrition Prevention Programme, in the Amboasary-South district of southern Madagascar, on December 14, 2018. File photo by Rijasolo/AFP

Climate change caused 15 disasters costing over $1B this year – charity

Dec 28, 2019 - 11:18 AM

British charity Christian Aid says if the countries do not reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, people around the world 'will continue to pay the price'

'SAVE THE EARTH.' A participants holds up a placard to call for action on climate change during a march in Tokyo on November 29, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeu/AFP

Russia, China veto U.N. extending Syria cross-border aid

Dec 21, 2019 - 1:57 PM

Humanitarian aid currently flows into Syria through UN-designated checkpoints without the formal permission of the regime in Damascus, but that authority is due to expire on January 10

HARDSHIP. A displaced Syrian woman from Raqa walks at a camp for internally displaced people in Ain Issa. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

[OPINION] A bigger monster to fight: Depression and living with HIV

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:13 AM

'Yes, I fell in love with someone who was HIV-positive, and despite warnings from other people to just end the relationship, I chose to stay'

[OPINION] The stain in my blood: Thoughts of a person living with HIV

Dec 01, 2019 - 3:00 PM

We don't discriminate against people who have diabetes or high blood pressure, so why would we discriminate against people who have HIV?

National HIV Testing Day: Where you can get tested in Metro Cebu

Nov 23, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Several sites across Metro Cebu are providing free HIV testing on Saturday, November 23

Turkey assault could displace 400,000 in Syria, says U.N.

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Thousands are forced to flee their homes since the beginning of Turkey's military incursion after US President Donald Trump ordered American troops to pull back from the border

FLEEING HOME. An elderly woman is evacuated from a building in Akcakale, a town near the Turkish border with Syria on October 13, 2019, after it was hit by a rocket reported to be fired from within Syria. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

$14 billion goal in sight for fighting AIDS, TB, malaria

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:04 AM

Promises for replenishment money are made at meeting in France of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

FUNDS. (From left) Irish rock band U2 singer Bono, Microsoft founder, Bill Gates and French President Emmanuel Macron attend the announcement of the final amount raised for the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria on October 10, 2019, in Lyon, central eastern France. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

7.2 million HIV-positive in South Africa, says study

Oct 03, 2019 - 7:26 AM

South Africa has the largest number of HIV-positive people in the world, says The Lancet HIV Journal

WIDESPREAD. HIV/AIDS continues to persist despite measures taken to suppress the virus. Photo from Shutterstock

AIDS deaths down a third since 2010 – U.N.

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:27 PM

Highlighting the enormous progress made since the height of the AIDS epidemic in the mid-1990s, the report shows the number of people dying from the disease fell from 800,000 in 2017 to 770,000 last year.

AIDS DEATHS DOWN. This file photograph taken on November 30, 2016, shows an experimental vaccine against the AIDS virus in Shoshaguve as South Africa launched a major clinical trial of the experimental vaccine. Photo by Mujahid Safodien/AFP

[OPINION] No such thing as a free lunch: The Filipino 'libre' culture

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Has the Filipino tradition of gift-giving and treating friends and family gone too far?

New law allows minors to get HIV test without parents' consent

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:09 PM

A key provision of the new law allows minors from 15 to 17 years old to undergo HIV testing even without parental consent

HIV-AIDS. The Philippines has one of the 'fastest growing' HIV epidemics in the world. File photo by George Moya/Rappler

AFP says Marawi aid audit report 'not quite accurate'

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:20 AM

The Armed Forces denies irregularities in its handling of aid money, after state auditors flagged the disparity in amounts given to wounded soldiers

MARAWI SIEGE. Government troops take position against enemy snipers as they escort rescued workers and trapped residents near the town center of Marawi on June 1, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Pia Wurtzbach headlines fashion show in Cebu for HIV/AIDS awareness

Jul 02, 2019 - 7:30 AM

'Etuf: Cebu’s Premier Fashion Auction for HIV/AIDS Advocacy' happens on July 6

Photo by Dion Besa/Rappler

South Korea to send 50,000 tons of rice to North

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:14 AM

It will be the first time the South provides food aid to the North since 2010, when it sent 5,000 tons of rice across the border

People take part in an annual rice planting event in Nampho City in Chongsan-ri, near Nampho on May 12, 2019. The event takes place every May 12 to mark the occasion in 1971 when late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il planted rice in the area. KIM Won Jin / AFP

South Korea approves $8 million in aid for hungry North

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:57 PM

It will be the first such aid Seoul has provided Pyongyang since 2015 and follows the North's lowest recorded harvest for a decade, according to the United Nations

DROUGHT. North Korea's border county of Kaepoong is seen from a South Korean observation post in Paju near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on May 17, 2019. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

OFWs now comprise 10% of Filipinos with HIV – ACTS-OFW

May 25, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Of the 65,463 confirmed cases listed in the National HIV/AIDS Registry as of March 2019, 6,524 are overseas Filipino workers, says ACTS-OFW

WIDESPREAD. HIV/AIDS continues to persist despite measures taken to suppress the virus. Photo from Shutterstock

PH Army joins 36th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

May 18, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The Philippine Army hosts this year’s commemoration in solidarity with the initiative to curb the HIV epidemic in the country

Members of the Philippine Army unveil the IACM red ribbon at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig on May 16,2019. Photo by San Juan City Social Hygiene Clinic

Treatment prevents sexual HIV transmission among gay men – study

May 03, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Doctors doing the Europe-wide study do not find a single case of in-couple HIV transmission within the 8 years of the research, raising hopes that widespread antiretroviral programs could eventually end new infections

Denying health, life insurance to people with HIV illegal – lawmaker

Feb 27, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Surigao del Sur Representative Johnny Pimentel makes the clarification as several insurances companies still exclude HIV-related cases from their coverages

HIV STATUS. Insurance companies in the Philippines are not allowed to deny service to persons living with HIV. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

U.N. reaches aid warehouses on Yemen frontlines, seeks $4.2B

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:49 PM

(UPDATED) 'I have just received a piece of good news. Finally, it was possible for us to reach the Red Sea Mills,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

YEMEN AID. A general view shows the Red Sea Flour Mills on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida as Yemeni pro-government forces continue to battle for the control of the city from Huthi rebels on November 14, 2018. Photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP

U.S. condemns violence by Maduro's 'thugs' in Venezuela

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:07 AM

This comes after Venezuela security forces fired at demonstrators against Venezuela's aid lockdown, leaving 2 people dead and more than 300 injured

CONDEMNED. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro refuses to accept aid from other countries, especially the United States, seeing it as a prelude to an invasion. File photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido defies travel ban as aid row turns deadly

Feb 23, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Juan Guaido delivers a blow to Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro as he turns up unexpectedly at the concert in the Colombian border town of Cucuta

DEFIANT. Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures during the 'Venezuela Aid Live' concert, organized to raise money for the Venezuelan relief effort, at the head of the Tienditas International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on February 22, 2019. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Maduro shuts border with Brazil as Guaido goes in search of aid

Feb 21, 2019 - 12:41 PM

(UPDATED) Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido sets out in a convoy of vehicles to personally pick up US aid being stockpiled on the other side of the Colombian border, defying Maduro's military to stop him

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on January 25, 2019 shows Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (L) speaking to opposition supporters at the Central University of Caracas (UCV) in Caracas, on January 21, 2019 and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offering a press conference in Caracas, on January 25, 2019. Venezuela's opposition leader and self-proclaimed "acting president" Juan Guaido stepped up his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro on January 25, 2019 calling for a "major demonstration" and rejecting an offer of talks with the socialist leader. Yuri CORTEZ / AFP

Venezuela 'on alert,' suspends links with Curacao to block aid

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:08 AM

(UPDATED) Regional commander Vladimir Quintero confirms reports Venezuela had ordered the suspension of air and sea links with Curacao and the nearby Netherlands Antilles islands of Aruba and Bonaire

A woman photographs boxes containing humanitarian aid for Venezuela inside a warehouse at the Tienditas International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, on February 19, 2019. US President Donald Trump on Monday urged Venezuela's military to accept opposition leader Juan Guaido's amnesty offer, or stand to "lose everything," as a crisis deepened over President Nicolas Maduro's refusal to let in desperately needed humanitarian aid. Luis ROBAYO / AFP

QC launches NCR’s first pre-employment financial aid program

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:29 PM

Press release: Grants are available for Quezon City residents from indigent families, including fresh graduates

Trump tells Venezuela military to back Guaido or 'lose everything'

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:46 AM

(UPDATED) The Maduro government has until Saturday, February 23, to let aid shipments into Venezuela

WAITING. People wait for a chance to receive medical attention by volunteers of the 'Aid and Freedom Coalition' movement during a medical attention camp in the Macarao neighbourhood in Caracas, on February 17, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela expels Europe lawmakers as aid showdown intensifies

Feb 18, 2019 - 12:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) This incident is the latest point of tension between the international community and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who is in the grip of a power struggle with interim president Juan Guaido

Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro in which he declared himself the country's "acting president", on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew a military dictatorship, in Caracas on January 23, 2019. - "I swear to formally assume the national executive powers as acting president of Venezuela to end the usurpation, (install) a transitional government and hold free elections," said Guaido as thousands of supporters cheered. Moments earlier, the loyalist-dominated Supreme Court ordered a criminal investigation of the opposition-controlled legislature. (Photo by Federico PARRA / AFP)

Thousands of Venezuela volunteers begin preparing U.S. aid entry

Feb 17, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The oil-rich country's economic meltdown under Nicolas Maduro has left millions in poverty facing shortages of medicine and food, with hyperinflation making purchases impossible

$100 million in humanitarian aid pledged to crisis-hit Venezuela

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Venezuela is plagued by hyperinflation and major shortages of basic goods, and two men – Juan Guaido and Nicolas Maduro – are vying for control of the country

BLOCKADE. This photo taken on February 14, 2019 shows a general view of the Tienditas International Bridge border with Venezuela, in Cucuta, Colombia. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Yemen food aid at risk of rotting – United Nations

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:24 AM

Hodeida and its food silos are in the hands of Yemen's Huthi rebels and have been since 2014

FOOD AID. Martin Griffiths (C), the UN special envoy for Yemen, arrives at Sanaa international airport on February 11, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Humanitarian aid used as weapon in Maduro-Guaido conflict

Feb 10, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Maduro insists shortages plaguing the country are caused by Washington's punitive sections, and he has vowed to stop the 'spectacle of fake humanitarian aid'

BLOCKED. General view of the Tienditas Bridge on the border between the Colombian city of Cucuta and Tachira, Venezuela, after Venezuelan military forces block the bridge with containers on February 5, 2019. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

Deadly drug-resistant tuberculosis a 'blinking red' global threat

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:45 AM

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is on a mission to eradicate the 3 epidemics

FIGHTING TUBERCULOSIS. This photograph taken on February 6, 2019, shows Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, during an interview with AFP in New Delhi. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Venezuela's military blocks humanitarian aid shipment

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself acting president on January 23, claims that up to 300,000 people face death if the aid is not delivered

BLOCKED. General view of the Tienditas Bridge on the border between the Colombian city of Cucuta and Tachira, Venezuela, after Venezuelan military forces block the bridge with containers on February 5, 2019. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP