To be honest I’m new to the whole HIV/Aids thing and if I’m honest it wasn’t what I thought I’d ever be involved in. An accidental bad career choice when I came to Greece exposed me to the corruption which had plagued one of Greece’s founder establishments – ACTUP ΔΡΑΣΕ HELLAS and since I still fight on having seen how ignorant so many people are within this sector, NGO’s, the government who have tried to cover this all up and the rest within this community who have failed to help themselves.
A previous member who has come out on the 10percent forum highlights further how the current president of this NGO exposed their medical details after they confided in him with such details – and that is only half the problem.
I worked there for nearly a year at the bequest of their President of the organisation after he asked me to turn down a job in crete having done several 3D promotional works for ACTUP for UNAids meetings in New York and Vienna. Unbeknown to me the current Board of Directors had been running it without any regulation for the best part of 10 years, gaining funding for non legal projects, claiming to be affiliated with other leading HIV/Aids organisations whilst not being connected in any way, just using their name to further their own career ambitions as they screwed the system, the people and the many people who had foolishly supported without question their methods, morals or their qualifications or experience.
Sadly since, a two year farce has exposed massive flaws in the whole network that claims to be apart of this integral support mechanism for those who are unfortunate to need such protection. As it turns out putting your trust in such organisations is more likely to cause you more harm than good in anyway whatsoever as they all seemingly allow, condone by affiliation or fail to address the massive areas of concern that highlights a complete breakdown in this so called community for the people.
What bothers me the most having come across this fckup of a situation is that it seems the people connected to working within HIV/Aids and the many Organisations they claim to, is that they don’t want to seem to even help themselves…
If that’s the case then why the hell are you doing what you pretend you’re doing? I know the people who do need help and support would probably like to know that if they feel they have to confide in someone that they aren’t going to have some criminals with connections to the government gain access to their details, jeopardise their health and safety and confidence and allow God knows what to happen with their trust and their medical details – which incidentally is what is currently being allowed to happen here in Greece as the main Ministry responsible for HIV/Aids, the Greek CDC (ΚΕΕΛΠΟ) is doing having, employed them in the first place!
Yes, welcome to World Aids day in Greece. Not got enough problems in general with the IMF f*cking us all up, we all happily allow the state to f*ck us when people need dedicated help and medical support… I read earlier than an organised event is taking place here called ‘F*CK AIDS‘, they should just lose the niceties and call it ‘F*CK YOU‘, part sponsored by ΚΕΕΛΠΝΟ‘s finest no doubt, the very same Ministry which allows anyone to pretend to be Doctors, and steal YOUR tax paying money. A whole hierarchy which is happy to cover up endangering people’s lives, but let’s not stop there when we can ‘F*CK‘ everyone some more…
So far in Greece, many of the organisations who are inter connected within this community and health sector have ALL failed to address the issues raised. Forget for now the fact this organisation has been stealing state money for it’s own means, forget that they have been running non legally since the current Board of Directors elected themselves into their respective positions in 1999 0r 2000, or 2002 onwards, (depending upon which lies the president has elected to tell you at the time), and try and forget that they have and still are laughingly employed by the system of health that so many of these organisations work within. This however pales into significance to the fact that the current President Kostadis Kabourakis and another member of the board Andreas Grilleas have been illegally claiming to be Doctors without qualification or registration – and employed by ΚΕΕΛΠΝΟ, the Greek CDC which has still failed to address such issues, nearly 2 years after it being brought to their attention. The fact that the Financial Director of ACTUP ΔΡΑΣΕ HELLAS, C.Botsi has been covering this up and is responsible for the results of the funding Investigation by ΥΔΑΣ which found them guilty of defrauding the state of nearly 200,000.00 euro’s of deception, for providing non valid receipts when she was the head of ESTER and the European projects within Greece – at the same time she chaired a committee of NGO’s for ΚΕΕΛΠΝΟ! – Says a lot about the integrity and current way the many organisations and the state work within this sector.
These receipts incidentally were the same ones in which the President asked myself and a volunteer to fabricate documentation for in which we refused and then he changed the locks and pretended I didn’t work there after highlighting this to the rest of the Board! The same receipts that the President claims we tampered with by myself and the volunteer some six months after being denied access to the property, and in which he then submitted to ΥΔΑΣ (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) who after finding him guilty of such activities, tries to claim in his statement that we were responsible for their verdict! The fact that these receipts were witnessed by myself during the Investigation, as well as severalk other interested parties, not to mention the ΥΔΑΣ financial team, whereby we confirmed that they were the same non relevant receipts that we’d originally refused to commit fraud with, which contained items for everything from trips to the Financial Directors summer house, Cat food and sun tan lotion is a true reflection on what happened to the funding that was abused by the current Board as they failed to also provide valid account of the projects that they claimed to have been involved in during this period.
This was all highlighted in a meeting I attended at Praxis nearly a year ago whereby members of most of the other NGO’s within this field sat and listened, the shameful parody here is that most of these members present were aware of this and still have failed to do anything yet happily like to fool themselves into believing that they are the ‘responsible’ sector governing this area of health and social concern.
One such member of one of these NGO’s removed items highlighting the corruption in this sector as they planned a march to demonstrate against the Ministry who had failed to address many issues so far. The same Ministry which had allowed ΑCTUP and ΚΕΕΛΠΝΟ to run itself in such a way. This was the same NGO which knew of these issues and which has failed to act so far despite having personally met members who pretended to be interested when it suited them to know and prepare their response no doubt if questioned about why they have done nothing to help the system so far, allowing this to go on further, damaging more people, allowing the to gain further illegal funding as they masquerade as this Organisation still, slandering all they can in an attempt to divert the truth from being exposed.
Then we have organisations such as helMSIC and many of the others who have been approached who deliberately try and suppress the facts from people, collaborating still further with people who have deliberately set out to deceive the authorities, public and people who gave their trust – the patients.
Firstly this seems to send out a worrying message to the rest of the community declaring that they clearly have no morals or ethics either and will happily ally themselves with people who commit such atrocities within the health sector knowing full well the issues and the main problems highlighted which are exactly that this sort of acceptance is what has led to the whole system here being not only untrustworthy, but failing to have a backbone and support standards in which you’d expect an organisation to adhere to.
Then we have organisations such as hivhumanism.gr which seem to openly support such actions by allowing the President of ACTUP to provide his slanderous press release and yet as they we’re clearly given my email address in advance to be able to block me from adding further comment disallow myself from being able to defend against the false accusations that have been provided by an already known liar and thief who has so far blamed everything except Global warming for his actions.
It appears it’s a good thing to know like minded people with no ethics who will cover up your actions and present a slanderous allegations without allowing you to defend yourself from them. Another organisation to trust ? Clearly not when they affiliate with such overt immorality, protecting their own.
Within ACTUP‘s slanderous statement is the fact that they still failed to address the current tuths which have been discovered but also a selection of complete and deliberate lies to cast aspersions on those who like myself have been fighting to expose these people. Interesting to note that they bring up allegations of Blackmail nearly a year later, and after they have been exposed in the national newspaper for their activities, and even more so as the only ones capable of possibly gaining such information to Blackmail people are the very same people who deliberately set out to deceive from the very beginning. The only ones who had the opportunity to confidential data within this organisation were the ones who had been collating data from HIV patients, those who had lied and taken part in ‘research’ within the main HIV/Aids unit in Greece who had been providing false documentation to validate their NGO from the beginning… There are obvious contenders with their behaviour so far to date that stand out, threatening their former members, disclosing medical data, theft, providing false documentation, and usurpation by illegally claiming to be Doctors to name but a few items so far proven! Their slanderous accusations have only made further evidence available for the courts and provided a real in-depth view into what these people represent.
I myself worked as web designer within the offices of ACTUP whereby any information was bare at best, usually working with no phone or Internet as they hadn’t paid the bills, and as the president was the only one to appear rarely when it suited himself incidentally all real information ie, all medical data or files, research or otherwise was deliberately kept at the shared house of Kabourakis and Botsi, the president and Financial Director’s house. The same two people working at KEELPNO with such access. Since, the number of people who have sought issue with the exposure and the people who highlighted this as opposed to the facts is a sad reflection on the lies and negativity people have to seeking the truth rather than relying on hear say and idle gossip.
This whole process that has now been handed over to the many relevant authorities was done with information provided, in black and white by the respective bodies, data collected proving these claims and with the sole purpose of trying to get responsible people to act, those within this community rather than people such as myself who have no direct affiliation or knowledge on such matters, and who speak the language here a little stronger than myself however this never happened, and apart from a few people, no one has sought to apply common sense, decency or rightful action in this matter and I try by writing these damned entries to refresh people’s responsibilities in the hope that someone will at least try and show that there is this is a community which cares and will act, I hope for Organisations to show their self worth and to provide proof that standards exist, and there is good in the world somewhere… How stupid is that?
Its truly remarkable to see so many people with such negative energy helping people of what can only guess are people with the same standards. They clearly have no interest in really helping the community, the people they set out to help, or those who they say they are their to help, and yet this is all some people have.
The list of people who have provided the platform for such activity is astounding, Politicians, Organisations to the Ministry and its Board who set this up.
After contacting ALL the respective organisations within this sector to warn them of such behaviour, of such immoral conduct it shock me to see how few are prepared to actually do anything. Is it because they are all as bad? Is it because they think this sort of behaviour is acceptable and something that is widespread within the whole HIV/Aids sector? Is it because they all have something else to hide maybe when so many interconnected organisations all sit back and openly allow and in some cases such people to practice as they do?
Surely not the correct response you’d want from such organisations. Non Government Organisations were originally once their to support the people, to fight for what the government didn’t do and for standing up to the many things that for whatever reason were unjust in the world. Is it that all these organisations have also similarly lost sight in their ways, or is it far worse than that now.
Maybe like ACTUP ΔΡΑΣΕ ΗΕLLAS, NGO’s are just an extension of an already ineffective system which cares only for itself and it’s own backslapping. People creating causes to make themselves feel self important, fighting problems which they fail to address let alone fight, after all, three of the members of the board of ACTUP were employed by the Government, providing the annual state report on HIV/Aids and yet ridiculously then being allowed, or allowing themselves to provide the shadow report as ACTUP… Asking themselves for funding, and bizarrely having it granted without accountability… Hmmm…
So, is it a case of Corrupt NGO or Useless Government policies run by criminals – you work it out as to me in the brief experience I’ve had so far there’s a line so minuscule to see that separates the two, if one at all.
Unfortunately I’d like to report that I have gained some leverage on people being able to do their job properly here, to tell you of the many organisations who were shocked and appalled by such activity and that the system really does care, people aren’t still illegally claiming to be something that they are not – but I can’t.
Organisations which deceive everyone like this will serve time for providing false documentation to the many bodies which are now investigate them, they will be exposed for their slanderous behaviour and their any illegal activities, and they will be recognised by the community for what they truly are, but whether or not I’ll ever be able to say that the many organisations within this field are actually the sort of organisations who have morals, ethics and help push and fight antisocial behaviour, well, I still hope so.
Hopefully World Aids day will mean something one day when people actually try and help make the system that they all idly boast abut actually be something to be proud of, for those in need it’s a shame.
The process has begun but the fight goes on…
I’m sick of doing this for people and sick of people saying I shouldn’t but if someone doesn’t will you?
For those who have been allowed to carry on and who lie and misrepresent themselves as they abuse their positions still, rest assured that the truth is out, justice has begun as it was always going to expose the facts regardless of the many lies coming out.