Some kind of HASH
It’s been two weeks since we at HASH did our strategic planning. Just this past week we wrapped up with an operational planning workshop. Now, at least for the next 18 months, we have plotted the key activities that we need to do and milestones we need to accomplish to get our organization up and running.
But first, a minor change in our name. As anyone working in the field of AIDS can attest, work on this area has always been fraught with issues like morality, stigma, judgement, and the like, usually directed at specific segments of the population who were especially affected by the epidemic. So much so that it spawned a lexicon of politically correct terms that were at least neutral when referring to certain aspects of the disease. And, as the epidemic is dynamic, so are these terms. One has to keep up or risk being perceived as incompetent.
It so happened that when we were thinking of a name to call our fledgling organization, we used HIV/AIDS automatically, even if we were aware of the debate regarding the use of the term. I have heard of it, and because there wasn’t a categorical decision on the matter, I didn’t see anything wrong against the use of the term. Neither did the other members of the group. That is, until someone who viewed our Facebook page condescendingly pointed out our “mistake”.
After a discussion with my partner and consulting some pertinent documents, we decided to get with the times and update our name. Personally speaking, I think we spent too much time on something that didn’t deserve it. I refer to BIR Commissioner Kim Henares’s opinion on nomenclature when she said, “We are so obsessed with names.”
So here it is.
In the mean time, we’re moving forward at full speed. Perhaps, to make up for time lost in wrangling over which symbol to use and why.