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Agreement signed to integrate British and Dutch response to AIDS in the Caribbean


PHILIPSBURG — A Contribution Agreement governing the implementation  of the EC/OCT Project of  the “Strengthening the Integration of the British and  Dutch OCTs in the Regional Response to HIV/AIDS  through the Pan Caribbean  Partnership against HIV/ AIDS” was signed in St.  Maarten recently.

The original agreement  was signed by PAHO/WHO  and the European Community (EC) in October  2008. The overall objective of the project is to halt and reverse the spread of HIV within the British and  Dutch OCTs (Overseas Caribbean Territories).

Prime Minister Sarah  Wescot-Williams, in her  capacity as Chairperson  of the HIV/AIDS Committee, signed the agreement after meeting with  HIV/STI technical advisor for the Pan American  Health Organization and  World Health Organization  PAHO/WHO Sandra Jones  and HIV/AIDS project officer at Ministry of Public  Health, Social Development and Labour Margje  Troost.

Project implementation began in 2009 and was focused on the strengthening of the response in the  OCTs, given their realities.  The first two years emphasised the establishment and finalisation of mechanisms  and structures for project  implementation, while  strengthening the capacity  of territories to scale-up its  response in a strategic manner, a press release from  Wescot-William’s Cabinet  read.

During the period of implementation, the project has strived to strengthen  and expand services for  HIV (based on the realities and needs of the territories), while emphasising the human rights of all individuals. The project also utilises different strategies and approaches for the development of outputs and  outcomes so as to ensure a  sustained impact after the  closure of the project, it  was stated in the release.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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