PNAC and communities get briefing on monkeypox
Philippine National AIDS Council called on its members and invited community groups for an online briefing on the global outbreak of monkeypox, which followed the World Health Organization's declaration of monkeypox as a public health emergency of international concern.
The Department of Health's Infectious Diseases and Adult Health Division provided the briefing on July 25. Download: "Orientation on Monkeypox for Community Partners" (in PDF), presented on July 25, 2022 via Cisco Webex
On July 23, the day of the declaration of monkeypox as a public health emergency of international concern, the WHO's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a statement:
Although I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern, for the moment this is an outbreak that is concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially those with multiple sexual partners.
That means that this is an outbreak that can be stopped with the right strategies in the right groups.
It’s therefore essential that all countries work closely with communities of men who have sex with men, to design and deliver effective information and services, and to adopt measures that protect the health, human rights and dignity of affected communities.
Stigma and discrimination can be as dangerous as any virus.
In addition to our recommendations to countries, I am also calling on civil society organizations, including those with experience in working with people living with HIV, to work with us on fighting stigma and discrimination.
But with the tools we have right now, we can stop transmission and bring this outbreak under control.
Read full statement, or download "WHO Director-General's statement at the press conference following IHR Emergency Committee regarding the multi-country outbreak of monkeypox - 23 July 2022" (in PDF):
On July 29, the DOH announced detected the Philippines' first monkeypox case. Read the Press Release or download "DOH detects first confirmed case of monkeypox in the Philippines" (in PDF):
On August 2, Healthy Pilipinas, the DOH's health promotion page on Facebook, posted social media cards to advise the public on frequently asked questions about monkeypox.