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Corporate Hands: Embassy of Japan Gives $11 million to Jamaica AIDS Support for Life

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Executive director of Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, Kandasi Levermore (centre) and Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, Yasuo Takase, sign the grant agreement while vice chair of the board at the Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, Althea Bailey, looks on.

The Embassy of Japan, through its Grassroots Human Security Grants Project, has given the Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) $11 million to help in expanding the clinic space in Kingston. This grant will be used to renovate and expand the building, with the addition of a counselling room, pharmacy dispensary to provide antiretroviral and drugs for opportunistic infections, phlebotomist station and extending waiting area.

This project will support the implementation of JASL's 2014-2018 strategic plan, with one of the strategic objectives being to improve health outcomes of clients accessing services at its clinic sites. Expansion of the clinic building will result in the provision of comprehensive health services to a minimum of 300 individuals per year, and some 500 individuals will benefit from confidential counselling and testing for HIV, among other services.