MOH Signs J$73.4 Million MOU
of the Global Fund Grant
A total of J$73.4 Million grant was
signed over by the Ministry of Health to eight subrecipients
of the Global Fund Grant on June 30, 2004 at the
Ministry's King Street Head Office.
The eight sub-recipients and the allocated
amounts are; University of the West Indies HIV/AIDS
Response Programme (UWI/HARP) - J$6.8M; The Centre
for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Services (CHARES)
- J$3.6M; Hope Worldwide - J$5.6M; Jamaica AIDS
Support for Life (JASL)- J$14.7M; The Ministry of
Education, Youth and Culture - J$10.08M; The National
AIDS Committee - J$20.9M; Children First - J$1.4M;
and Youth.Now - J$10.4M.
Speaking at the event Dr. Peter Figueroa, Chief
Epidemiologist in the National HIV/STI Control programme,
said there is a lot more work to be carried out,
hnce the need for a multi-sectoral approach in the
fight against the epidemic.
He said despite the tasks ahead there
are some meaningful accomplishments that continue
to propel the National Programme's efforts. He singled
out the significant achievements made in the Prevention
of Mother to Child Transmission Programme, explaining
that the Programme has been able to reach over ninety
percent (90%) of pregnant women. With the desire
to achieve a hundred percent (100%) coverage, Dr.
Figueroa said the preservation of the collective
approach is key.
Dr. Peter Figueroa also added that
one of the priorities of the programme this year
is to scale up the access to antiretroviral drugs,
with the outlined plan to get at least a thousand
(1000) Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) on
treatment. He however hastened to add that although
this is the documented objective it is the National
HIV/STI Control Programme's intention to make treatment
available to HIV infected persons who need it and
at the same time heightening the prevention strategies.
In making his contributions Dr. Yitades
Gebre, Executive Director of the National Programme,
reiterated that a multi-sectoral and multi-dimensional
response is crucial in mobilizing society in the
fight against HIV/AIDS.
Recounting what has already taken
place including the signing of the Global Fund Grant
Agreement in Geneva, Dr. Gebre explained that the
signing between the Project Coordination Unit of
the National Programme and the recipients would
facilitate the immediate commencement of planned
activities. The disbursement of resources he said
would be done a quarterly basis to the eight sub-recipients
in the first year.
Each sub-recipient was selected based
on their proven track record in HIV/AIDS prevention
and care in Jamaica. With the one-year Memorandum
of Understanding now signed, each sub recipient
will be expected to establish a credible accounting
system and provide annual accounting reports. The
remaining five sub-recipients will be incorporated
as the five year period unfolds. The five are The
Jamaica Red Cross, Planning Institute of Jamaica
(PIOJ); Jamaica Employers Federation/Private sector
Organization of Jamaica; Jamaica Foundation for
Children and the Jamaica Council of Churches.