Mobile app that maps free condoms around Manila launched

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED February 7, 2018 10:08 am
Safe Spaces PH. Inside Manila File Photo

(Inside Manila) Inspired by the success of location-based augmented reality game Pokemon GO in the country, campaigners here are using a mobile app to send users to locations with condom dispensers in their bid to promote safe sex and break stigma to fight a worsening HIV epidemic.

Led by Save the Children and campaign group LoveYourself, which promotes HIV awareness, campaigners teamed up with restaurants and shops to set up condom dispensers around Metro Manila which users can locate through the app, Safe Spaces PH.

"It's like Pokemon Go when you run out of Poke Balls, you need to refill at a nearby station. At Safe Spaces, you can see the nearest stations where you can access free condoms," LoveYourself founder Ronivin Pagtakhan was quoted as saying in a report from Reuters. “This is an innovation, it has never been done before. Now people can access condoms safely and without stigma."

According to a report from Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS or UNAIDS, the Philippines has become the country with the fastest growing HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific, and has become one of 8 countries that account for more than 85% of new HIV infections in the region,

The Safe Spaces project has set up 30 dispensers in Manila so far and aims to expand to 150 locations across the country this year.


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