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Withdrawal of funding will affect CHART's future

Published:Saturday | September 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM


It was reported that Lawyers Christian Fellowship (LCF), the same group that fought against Professor Bain's dismissal, is now asking if governments in the Caribbean will pick up the slack now that one of the major US funding agencies has cut its funding the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Programme, formerly headed by Dr Bain.

This was the same group who could not understand the conflict of interest in Bain's case, where his position and views clearly contradicted the objectives and values of CHART.

The same group who protested angrily everyday wearing black with mouths taped shut outside the University of the West Indies Mona campus. What a tangled web we weave?

Although the agency withdrawing funds, the United States' President Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) cited global cutbacks, which may well be the case, many cannot help but wonder if the controversial Bain issue didn't impact the decision to withdraw support.

Non profit groups generally provide vital community services, and should never have to be distracted dealing with issues such as internal conflicts, negative press and worse, these drawn out legal challenges in court which drain the entity of its limited resources since it is non-profit. These resources are better used providing the services for which it was intended, based on the groups objectives.

Now that funding is cut, job losses are imminent, and the future of CHART stands in limbo. Possibly it will be dismantled. Even Dr Bain's job as the reinstated Director could now be affected.

Pete Delisser