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US Embassy Kingston commemorates World AIDS Day 2018

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 1:15 AM
Key players in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS join emcee and media personality Dahlia Harris (second right) for a photo. They are (from left) UNAIDS Country Representative Manoela Manova, PEPFAR Coordinator, Victoria Nibarger, and JASL’s Executive Director Kandasi Walton-Levermore.
The US Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Eric Khant (left) shares with Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton and PEPFAR Coordinator Victoria Nibarger ahead of the official proceedings.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and commemorate World AIDS Day, the Embassy of the United States of America in partnership with Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL), hosted a reception last Tuesday. 

More than 100 guests shared in the evening’s proceedings, which served to raise awareness on the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Jamaica and demonstrate solidarity with the 34,000 people living with the disease across the island.

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton, delivered remarks, saying that the “US is unquestionably the world’s leader in responding to the global HIV/AIDS crisis". 

He also reinforced the “country’s commitment to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as a legacy to the present and future generations.”

The Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Eric Khant lauded the Government of Jamaica on its national response and asserted that “Together we can and will end the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, while safeguarding the rights of persons living with the disease".