Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Five Year HIV Plan Still on Course

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Five Year HIV Plan Still on Course

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JAMAICA

The Ministry of Health in Jamaica is confident it can achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2012, as outlined in last year's Strategic Plan. Dr Kevin Harvey, senior medical officer, said cultural and socioeconomic factors were the greatest obstacles in achieving universal access.

In the area of prevention, the major focus was to educate vulnerable sections of the population through targeted interventions. These sections include sex workers and gay men.

For treatment, Dr Harvey said the focus would be to test people who had been exposed to the virus as well as providing universal access to free antiretroviral treatment for people through public clinics. Dr Harvey also hoped to amend the Public Health Act to reflect new and emerging illness such as malaria, flu and HIV. This included the distribution of contraceptives to youths.

The Ministry of Health's plan is expected to cost $200 million over the next five years. It is currently coming to the end of a $23 million fund and intends to sign for an addition $44 million for the next five years from the Global Fund. …

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