Pursuing heightened advocacy programs
In 2009, the country experienced the first ever NCR-wide outbreak of leptospirosis due to typhoon Ondoy. With Dr. Manolito Chua in lead, PSMID created the Leptospirosis guideline that specifically addressed the issues on its treatment, prevention and managing its complications. This year also marked the heightened participation of the society in several advocacy programs such as the PCP-HERO, Health forums, the Antibiotic Optimization Campaign and the PSMID-PIDSP Journalism award.
The following year, 2010, marked the deeper involvement of the society in other advocacy programs with the launching of the Philippine HIV-AIDS Epidemic: A Call to Action, a pre-convention conference in that year’s annual convention that invited renowned HIV-AIDS expert Dr. Michael Lederman of the Case Western University of Cleveland and members of AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG) because of the rising incidence of HIV in the Philippines. PSMID remains to be an active member of the multi-sectoral group that helped propose a resolution directing the Senate Committee on Health and Demography to pass a law that will address local and foreign employment of hepatitis B carriers.