(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkey, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, opened the 27th Meeting of the Executive Board on Wednesday 11 October 2017 at the Beachcombers Hotel, St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The two-day meeting, which ends on Thursday 12 October, is assessing the Partnership’s progress towards the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Syphilis (EMTCT) and the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets. The UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets envision 90 percent of people living with HIV know they have the virus, 90 percent of those who know they are infected are receiving sustainable antiretroviral treatment and 90 percent of those people on treatment have sustainable suppression of their virus by 2020.
The meeting is also reflecting on PANCAP’s achievements which include the sharpest regional reduction in HIV incidence by 48.1%; decline in AIDS-related deaths by 55%; antiretroviral coverage increased to 52% from less than 5% of the eligible population in 2001; and virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Continue Reading