Basseterre, St. Kitts, Monday, 12th March, 2018, (MyVueNews.com) – As health officials in the twin island state of St. Kitts and Nevis continue their efforts to fight against the scourge of HIV, funding is on its way from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO.
The country is amongst a group of six regional states that have been identified for the much needed support.
Some US$5 million have been allocated to help countries in the OECS eliminate, not just HIV, but also Tuberculosis, according to a release from the OECS Commission, headquartered in St. Lucia.
In a statement, the Commission indicated that they have partnered with PAHO and the Global Fund to “implement a program aiming at eliminating tuberculosis and HIV in the Eastern Caribbean.
The funding from the Global Fund will make its way to St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Antigua, Dominica, and Grenada “with outcomes and lessons learnt being applied to other Member States.”
The OECS statement said that representatives of the countries recently convened to provide an update on project progress to all stakeholders.
Project Coordinator of the HIV/TB Elimination Project at the OECS Commission Dr. Cleophas d’Auvergne, introduced newly developed regional TB/HIV Clinical Guidelines, indicating that “We presented the newly developed OECS TB/HIV Clinical Guidelines to be endorsed by the Member States as a document that can be used as a model for others.”
Dr. d’Auvergne added that “We also aimed to finalize the TB elimination plans of countries, as well as to agree on specific implementation activities for 2018”.
The guidelines aim at harmonizing the processes of prevention, control and treatment of tuberculosis and HIV among all the participating countries.
Officials indicate that even one case of tuberculosis in this modern day and age, is one too much.