World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Caribbean Group Fighting Aids - Intl Best Practice

UNAIDS NAMES CARIBBEAN GROUP FIGHTING AIDS AN 'INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICE'

New York, Dec 13 2004 11:00PM

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today designated the multilateral organization the Caribbean countries formed to help them fight against the pandemic "an international best practice" in a region estimated to be the world's second worst affected by HIV/AIDS after sub-Saharan Africa.

At a ceremony in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the three-year-old PanCaribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP), chaired by Prime Minister Denzil Douglas of St. Kitts and Nevis, was praised for successfully mobilizing political backing and funds, raising the region's international profile and coordinating the work of the 70 institutions in its membership.

"Because of PANCAP's work, we are one step closer to mitigating the social and economic impact of AIDS in the region," UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot said.

"PANCAP is a model of a successful regional approach which can be a stimulus and a source of lessons learned for other regions," he added.

In the Bahamas and Barbados the prevalence rates have edged down.

At the ceremony, chaired by the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to the Caribbean on HIV/AIDS, Sir George Alleyne, UNAIDS and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) also launched a joint study of PANCAPS called "Common Goals, Shared Response." Prime Minister Owen Arthur of Barbados and Prime Ministers Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines addressed the crowd.

Of the 49 million people living with AIDS worldwide, 440,000 are in the Caribbean and of those an estimated 280,000 are in Haiti. The Caribbean countries that are most dependent on tourism have been the most affected, according to the UNAIDS updated report on the region for December 2004.

The report says, "Social, not just technical, challenges will need to be confronted if the countries of this region are to bring their epidemics under control.

"Widespread homophobia is providing an ideal climate for the spread of HIV information, services, and security they need if they are to protect themselves against HIV. Meanwhile, the unequal social and economic status of women and men is acting as a powerful dynamic in epidemics that are growing amid ongoing stigma, misconceptions and denial."

2004-12-13 00:00:00.000

For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>

ALSO:

Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>

ALSO:

Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>

ALSO:

Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO: