HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme Receives $216 Million


The Jamaica HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control II Project has received $216.9 million, as set out in the 2008/2009 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
A major objective of this project is to provide support for selected activities outlined in the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan. It also seeks to assist the government in curbing the spread of the HIV epidemic, improving the treatment, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and strengthen the nation’s capacity to respond to the epidemic.
The project has set out a number of targets to achieve for the fiscal year. These involve, targeting a million adults through prevention outreach activities, in addition to engaging some 200 commercial sex workers (CSW) and 400 men having sex with men (MSM), in similar activities.
The programme will also target 90 per cent of attendees to Antenatal Clinic in the public sector for HIV testing, while 85 per cent of HIV infected pregnant women and at least 90 per cent of HIV exposed infants will be provided with anti-retrovirals for the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT).
This is in addition to, distributing two million condoms at different intervention sites and providing comprehensive treatment and counselling for 40,000 sexually transmitted infection (STI) patients.
The diagnostic capacity of the health system will be improved with the training of health care workers and laboratory technicians, while a medical waste management plant is to be established for the South East Regional Health Authority.
A Laboratory Information System is to be established at the National Public Health Laboratory and linked to the Kingston Public Hospital and Comprehensive Health Centre.
The duration of the project is from March this year to March 2009 and is being funded by the Government and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).

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