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Dr. Carol Jacobs, Barbados’ leading expert on HIV/AIDS, has been honoured with the Barbados’ Gold Medal of Achievement, for her outstanding work in combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the Caribbean country and across the globe.
The Jamaican doctor is the first ever recipient of the award, which was introduced by the Barbadian government in 2001.
Dr. Jacobs, who was unable to attend the country’s April 28 National Heroes Day award ceremony, was on Tuesday (May 2) presented with the special award by Governor-General, Sir Clifford Husbands, during an investiture ceremony held at Government House.
Currently the chairperson of the Barbados’ National HIV/AIDS Commission, Dr. Jacobs is also Chairman of the Global Fund Board, which was created by the United Nations Secretary General in 2001, to intensify the fight against AIDS. She is the first woman to hold that position.
In 2001, the Barbados Cabinet agreed that annual National Heroes Community Awards would be introduced and created the Gold Medal of Achievement to recognize “outstanding and extraordinary achievement during the preceding year.”
It was recommended that the awards should be presented on National Heroes Day, to persons who demonstrate selflessness in service and commitment to community and or national development.
Dr. Jacobs, who is also the distinguished recipient of the Barbados Centennial Honour for her longstanding and effective specialized work as a physician, is married to Sir Richard Haynes, former Opposition Leader (NDP), and they are the parents of two boys.

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