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The Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Professor Richard Feachem has congratulated Jamaica for the programme of activities implemented by the government in the fight against AIDS.
The Executive Director said he and the other members of the delegation from the Global Fund were impressed by what they had seen during their visit to the island and commended Jamaica for the leadership role the country has played in the fight against the disease.
Mr. Feachem’s comments were made during a courtesy call on Prime Minister P.J. Patterson at Jamaica House on Tuesday (Jan. 10).
Prime Minister Patterson said that the government attached great importance to winning the fight against the disease. He said there could be no room for complacency and that the government had therefore adopted a proactive approach to dealing with the pandemic. He also pointed to the need to intensify all aspects of the programme particularly as it relates to prevention, treatment and public awareness.
Mr. Patterson noted that the fight against HIV/AIDS had received strong support throughout the country with sectoral groups including the Jamaica Employers Federation and the Trade Unions becoming increasingly interested in working with the government to develop a policy for dealing with the disease particularly at the workplace. He pointed to the bi-partisan support the policy document on HIV/AIDS had received when it was tabled in Parliament as a further indication of the determination of the country to win the fight against the disease.
About 130 countries around the world receive financial assistance from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Jamaica has received US$7.5 Million to fund various programme of activities involved in the fight against the spread of the disease. This has facilitated an expansion of the public access programme that provides anti-retroviral drugs for person living with HIV/AIDS.
Other activities undertaken include support for the development of national and sector policies relating to the treatment of persons living with HIV/AIDS, funding for a range of related agencies including the National AIDS Committee and the Jamaica Network of sero-positives. The expansion of outreach activities including HIV testing, public awareness campaigns and support for non-government organizations involved in the fight are also made possible through the Global Fund.
Other persons present at the courtesy call included, Hon. John Junor Minister of Health; Dr. Peter Figueroa Chief Epidemiologist with responsibility for Jamaica’s HIV/AIDS programme and Dr. Carol Jacobs Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

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