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  • Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson says plans to merge aspects of the National HIV/STI Programme with the National Family Planning Board (NFPB) are far advanced.
  • He said drafting instructions have been forwarded to Chief Parliamentary Counsel to facilitate the approved amendments of the NFPB Act.
  • The Health Minister said Jamaica has made many important gains with respect to HIV and AIDS, which remain a major part of Government’s post-2015 agenda.

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson says plans to merge aspects of the National HIV/STI Programme with the National Family Planning Board (NFPB) are far advanced.

Making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 1, Dr. Ferguson said the Ministry is moving to address integration at the level of service delivery to ensure greater efficiency and coverage of those in need.

Dr. Ferguson noted that a change management and communication plan was developed to guide the integration, while organisational structure and human resource (HR) manuals have also been developed and will be submitted for approval before the end of this fiscal year.

He said drafting instructions have been forwarded to Chief Parliamentary Counsel to facilitate the approved amendments of the NFPB Act.

He also informed that the integration process will be presented as a best practice at the International AIDS conference in Australia later this month.

The Health Minister said Jamaica has made many important gains with respect to HIV and AIDS, which remain a major part of Government’s post-2015 agenda.

“We expect to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) with respect to the reduction of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and we are well on the way towards zero infections in this area,” he stated.

Statistics also show that 43 per cent of persons living with HIV are living longer and more productive lives.

Mr. Ferguson noted that through extensive and sustained lobbying in the international community, Jamaica has received an additional US$11 million for a total of US$19 million.

“We are in the process of preparing our proposal for the grant to take effect in August 2015 ensuring a continuation of our HIV response to the middle of 2018,” he stated.