Chief Medical Officers Discussing HIV/AIDS

The officials will be focusing on HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), according to a local government release in St. Kitts.

Chief Medical Officer, for St. Kitts & Nevis, Dr. Patrick Martin is attending as the delegate for his country, for the meeting that runs from 19-21 March.

The meeting, sponsored by the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will also focus on preventing mother to child transmission, as a key priority for achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

During the three-day meeting, the CMOs are expected to look at the progress of the Elimination Initiative which is spearheaded by UNAIDS and the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO), and the importance of case-based surveillance.

They are also expected to address issues related to laboratory support as part of a policy dialogue on health system strengthening.

Along with officials from PANCAP, UNAIDS, PAHO and CAREC, CMOs from all CARICOM-member states are expected to attend the meeting.

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