Promoting Leadership and Mitigating the Negative Impacts of HIV and AIDS on Human Development
The increasing trend in new HIV infections in the Philippines calls for sustained and effective national and local responses. Since the first AIDS case was reported in 1984, the Philippines has remained a low- prevalence country with registered cases at less than 0.1% of the total population. However, recent official reports show a steep and accelerating increase in the total number of cases. A multisectoral and broad-based approach is required to mitigate the negative impact of HIV and AIDS on human development and to achieve Goal 6 of the Millennium Development Goals (i.e., to halt and reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS) by 2015.