CWS Program Manager Odete Peloy and her team welcomed two staff from the U.S. Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) in early January, 2017, so they could meet, first hand, with the team working to reduce HIV infection and to address related health and behavior issues, within the national army.
Commander Mark Johnson, MD, who us the Director, Care and Treatment, Naval Health Research Center for DHAPP and Melissa Myers, who is the DHAPP Desk Officer were welcomed to review the initiative, which CWS has since 2010 in support of HIV education and prevention activities for Timor-Leste’s national army and their families and neighbors.
Broadly stated, the project is designed to reduce new HIV and other sexually transmitted infection (STI) by focusing prevention (education, condom use, etc.) strengthened HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC), improved STI services, and by strengthening related health systems
The CWS team and the DHAPP delegation met with U.S. Ambassador Stanton and Major Roongsang, Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy, to brief them about project achievements. The group also met with key F-FDTL leaders: Major Guido de Oliveira, the head of medical services, and Brigadier General Filomeno da Paixao, the Vice Chief of Defense Forces, both of whom expressed their appreciation for CWS and US government support, and their hopes that cooperation will continue in the future.
The delegation also visited the Metinaro training base where CWS is supporting HIV testing and counseling services as well as education and prevention activities which, nationwide, reached thousand of soldiers and their family members and base neighbors in 2016 alone.