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The Ministry of Health’s efforts to enhance universal access to treatment,care, and preventative measures for persons living with HIV/AIDS, have been boosted by the $576 Million allocated in the 2009/10 Estimates of Expenditure.
The project, funded by a grant from the Global Fund, aims to strengthen multi-sector response at the national level, to prevent and address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Jamaica, by consolidating existing gains, while advancing specific undertakings.
These include: a reduction in the transmission of new HIV infections and mitigating the impact of the epidemic; providing universal access to antiretroviral treatment, care, and support; empowering individuals to make healthy choices; and implementation of the necessary national and workplace policies.
The allocation is a significant increase in funding since the implementation of the project in April 2008.
Up to February this year it has covered the development of draft regulations on occupational safety and health; the tabling of a National Workplace Policy Green Paper; the staging of peer counselling workshops in inner-city communities; the training of 671 teachers in Health and Family Life Education (HFLE), which is ongoing in some 477 schools, as well as the training of 1,738 students in HFLE.
Additionally, prevention activities have been staged, targeting some 4,736 adolescents and 3,214 adults, while 378 adults and 205 adolescents have received HIV testing and counselling.
It is anticipated that for 2009/10, the project will see an increase from five to 20 percent in the number of schools having at least one teacher trained in HFLE.
In addition, 65 individuals in stakeholder organizations are to be trained in strategic information monitoring and evaluation and/or surveillance. There will also be: increases in the number of institutions adopting policies to address HIV/AIDS, as well as the number of local organizations providing technical assistance for HIV-related policy development and programmes; and an increase in the number of persons living with HIV/AIDS, having access to antiretroviral.
The project is expected to end in March 2013.

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