HOPE Philippines
HOPE Philippines

HOPE Philippines

The HOPE Philippines Project

The Challenge

HIV causes a significant economic and health burden, and investing in strategies to protect people from acquiring HIV will save governments the significant costs of managing a lifelong illness. The Asia-Pacific region is home to nearly 6 million people living with HIV, with approximately 300,000 new infections reported in 2019.


Project Objectives

HOPE Philippines is implemented by The Foundation for the Advancement of Clinical Epidemiology, Inc. (FACE, Inc) with support from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).

HOPE stands for ending HIV transmission by Optimizing Pre-exposure prophylaxis in East  Asia. The project’s main goal is to build a network of stakeholders that will promote the wider use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as a vital part of the available resources for preventing and controlling HIV and AIDS. Read more about the HOPE global project.


For HOPE Philippines, the objective is to upscale PrEP services in the Philippines through the identification and evaluation of community–designed PrEP interventions and capacity-building on PrEP among selected healthcare providers in the cities of Mandaluyong, Calamba, and Iloilo.


HOPE Philippines has partnered with 3 PrEP clinics, namely, the LoveYourself Clinic in Mandaluyong City, the Rajah Community Center by Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) in Iloilo City, and the Sustained Health Initiatives of the Philippines (SHIP) in Calamba City.


The HOPE Philippines Team
Name Role
Dr. Nina Castillo-Carandang
Project Leader
Dr. Marissa Alejandria
Co-Project Leader
Arturo M. Ongkeko Jr.
Project Manager
Manuel John Paul O. Gaspar
Science Research Specialist
Jean Francis Barcena
Communications Consultant
Pamela Tagle
Administrative Coordinator
Korinna Looi
Project Assistant
Julia Ocampo
Project Assistant
Pool of Consultants
Dr. Katerina T. Leyritana
Infectious Disease Consultant
Dr. Maria Sonia S. Salamat
Infectious Disease Consultant
Dr. Jonnel Poblete
Internal Medicine Chief Resident
Dr. Mark Oliver Llangco
Health Social Science Consultant
Steering Committee
Dr. Mary Ann Lansang
Infectious Disease Specialist and Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, University of the Philippines Manila
Dr. Louie Ocampo
Country Director of UNAIDS Philippines
Dr. Winlove Mojica
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of the Philippines Manila – Philippine General Hospital
Dr. ​​Amiel Nazer Bermudez
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of the Philippines Manila
Dr. Jose Gerard B. Belimac
Division Chief, Infectious Diseases and Adult Health, Department of Health Philippines
Tanya Laguing
President of DIOSSA, Inc, an organization focusing on the health, livelihood, and psycho-social needs of transgender person
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