a steady decline in HIV-related mortality rates

There has been a steady decrease in HIV-related mortality rates in Dominica since 2005.

According to the Commonwealth of Dominica Global AIDS Response Progress Report 2012, there were only five reported HIV-related deaths in 2011. The report notes that these deaths occurred because the persons were not accessing the available treatment, care and support services. For the period 1987-2011, the Health Information Unit (HIU) has recorded a cumulative figure of 143 certified HIV-related deaths.Read More

The Dominican Republic confronts its treatment gap

The Dominican Republic (DR) is one step closer to ensuring that all people living with HIV (PLHIV) access treatment. The Caribbean country’s National Social Security Council has established a commission to look into the technical, financial and operational implications of including antiretroviral treatment (ART) in the Basic Health Plan. UNAIDS Country Coordinator, Dr. Ana Maria Navarro, said yesterday that the development comes at a critical time and is largely due to the collaboration of United Nations agencies in the DR on a feasibility study.Read More

Reinforcing Health Systems to Ensure Anti-HIV Therapy

Washington, May 7 (Prensa Latina) Latin American and Caribbean countries should reinforce their health systems to advance the universal access to the antiretroviral treatment (ART), according to a report from the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).Read More

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Mark your calendars and set the date ! June 8, 2012 is National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NCAHAAD), a national HIV/AIDS testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to encourage Caribbean Americans across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated around HIV/AIDS, as it continues to devastate communities around the world.Read More

Early Elevated Hiv Infection Risk in Some Step Study Participants Who Received Vaccine ; Risk Decreased Over Time

ScienceDaily (May 7, 2012) — A long-term follow-up analysis of participants in the Step Study, an international HIV-vaccine trial, has confirmed that certain subgroups of male study participants were at higher risk of becoming infected after receiving the experimental vaccine compared to those who received a placebo. The vaccine used in the study did not contain the HIV virus, but it did contain HIV genes which were delivered to cells using a vector that employed a type of cold virus known as adenovirus serotype 5 (Ad5).Read More

UNAIDS launches "Believe it. Do it." action campaign to help end new HIV infections among children by 2015

GENEVA, 8 May 2012—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today launched a new campaign, "Believe it. Do it.", aimed at bringing attention and action to the global goal of ending new HIV infections among children by 2015 and ensuring mothers living with HIV remain healthy. Read More

Upcoming activities...

18-20 May 2012 – The Caribbean Association of Pharmacists (CAP) in association with Vereniging van Apothekers op Aruba (VAA) will host its mid-year meeting under the theme “One Healthy Caribbean” in Aruba. The meeting will discuss issues such as counterfeit medicines in the Caribbean, ethics in pharmacy and food-drug interaction among others. For further information please contact CAP Executive, David Pellow at dspellow chez candw.ky

21-25 May 2012 – The Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) will host the 6th Caribbean Environmental Forum. This year’s theme is “The Green Economy:Challenges and Opportunities in Managing Health, Water, Waste, Land, Energy, Climate Change and our Natural Resources.” The meeting will be held in St Kitts and Nevis.

23-25 May 2012 – The International Symposium on HIV and Emerging Infectious Diseases (ISHEID) will take place in Marseille, France. ISHEID will not only focus on finding a cure against HIV, but also human rights, prevention of HIV transmission and access to care. ISHEID is an opportunity to meet international key opinion Leaders in a friendly atmosphere, and share ideas. For further information, please visit www.isheid.com

30-31 May 2012 – The 6th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy will take place in Canterbury, United Kingdom. The conference will discuss a wide range of drug policy issues, with a particular focus on ’how can and do empirical studies influence drug policy ?’. There will also be a plenary, critical discussion of the report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. For further Information, please visit www.issdp.org/conferences.php

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PANCAP Awards ...

This third annual PANCAP Awards is open to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Caribbean regional response to HIV and AIDS at national and regional levels. Nominees may be drawn from but not limited to any of the following entities :
Public sector, Private sector, Faith-based Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Media ; Sports, Entertainment.
Nomination Forms : English | French | Spanish

Submissions may also be made by filling the online form here

Vacancy-Executive Director (CHAA)

The Caribbean HIV&AIDS Alliance (CHAA) was launched in the Caribbean in 2003. CHAA’s mission is to facilitate effective and collective community action to reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS across the Caribbean. CHAA is the largest regional non-governmental organisation working specifically with key populations in the response to HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean. CHAA has nine offices across the region from which its programme of activities are carried out, and works specifically to mobilise communities to carry out HIV prevention, AIDS care and education activities in three key populations : men who have sex with men, sex workers and people living with HIV.Read More