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Regional countries strengthen HIV programmes

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2014 | 9:37 AM


United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Caribbean said Monday that eight regional countries have finalised specific strategies aimed at strengthening their HIV programmes by making them more responsive to human rights.

UNAIDS said that representatives from Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago met last week for a three-day workshop hosted by the UNAIDS and supported by the Ford Foundation.

It said they discussed cultural, social and political barriers to eliminating stigma and discrimination and increasing access to social justice.

The Caribbean is the second most affected region in the world in terms of HIV prevalence rates.

Figures show that about one per cent of the adult population is living with the disease which is higher than any other region except Sub-Saharan Africa.


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