Levi Strauss Foundation

This project aims to undertake a review of relevant laws and policies that impact on experiences of stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV and marginalized communities. In particular, it will assess the utilization of PLHIVs of the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998 (RA 8504), specifically the provisions related to testing, confidentiality and discriminatory acts and policies. It will also undertake a review of relevant sections of the Revised Penal Code, i.e., Article 202 or the Anti-Vagrancy Act, and Anti-Trafficking Act (RA 9208) and their impact on HIV-prevention efforts among sex/entertainment workers. Such reviews will be the basis for further stigma-reduction initiatives and actions, including the establishment of redress mechanisms and crafting of policy recommendations.
Apart from the broader policy reviews, ACHIEVE will also address the role of the media in addressing stigma and discrimination against PLHIVs. A Situation Analysis Report (SAR) on Trends and Patterns in HIV-related media reporting from 2006-2010 will be produced. This report will identify issues, gaps, and challenges in media reporting on HIV and AIDS and will also propose subsequent actions and responses.
Lastly, the project will undertake capacity building activities. One will involve enhancing the skills of print and broadcast media practitioners on sensitive HIV-related reporting and the other will involve building the capacity of PLHIV in two competencies: participatory action research and advocacy (policy and media). It is envisaged that the trained PLHIVs will be better equipped to undertake research and advocacy activities, not just with ACHIEVE, but with their respective organizations. 

the European Commission- United Nations (EC-UN) Joint Migration and Development Initiative

This project aims to generate evidence on the mental health issues and concerns of women migrant workers, with particular focus on domestic and household workers, for purposes of designing rights-based, gender-responsive interventions. The activities include: i) conduct of an action research involving a national survey and case studies to generate indicative data on mental health issues of women migrants, focusing on structural and individual determinants in overseas employment that affect their psycho-social state and well-being; ii) development of a package of prototype interventions addressing the identified determinants in overseas employment to alleviate mental health problems among Filipino women migrant workers; and, iii) conduct of pilot training course on crisis intervention and counseling addressing mental health problems of women migrant workers for frontline personnel of service provider institutions from both government and civil society organizations (CSOs). This project is being implemented in partnership with the Vrije Universiteit-Metamedica Health Care and Culture (VUMHCC) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada

This research project aims to generate information on the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs and concerns of Filipino women migrant workers and determine the hindering and facilitating factors to accessibility of SRH health care services and information. The study will be conducted in Hongkong, Singapore and Qatar, utilizing qualitative methods such as focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with migrant domestic workers in the three destination countries. The outputs of the research will be utilized in advocacy efforts towards the formulation of policies and development of programmes that respond to the SRH needs and issues of the women migrant workers in the destination countries.