HIV/AIDS FIGHT RECEIVES A BOOST

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Minister of Health, Donville Inniss (right), looks on as Permanent Secretary, Martin Cox and CHAI Regional Director, Colleen Connell, initial the Memorandum of Understanding.

The Government of Barbados has signed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Clinton Foundation, HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI), aimed at supporting the treatment, care and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

The agreement, an amendment of the MOU signed between the two entities in 2005, has been extended to include diseases that are major causes of disability and death in CHAI consortium countries. These disabilities include, but are not limited to malaria, tuberculosis and other opportunistic diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries.

Speaking following the signing of the document, Minister of Health, Donville Inniss, expressed gratitude for the role of the Foundation. “We are very appreciative of our ongoing relationship with CHAI. Barbados has benefited in the past from our collaboration and we look forward to a continued relationship with the organisation,” he said.

Meanwhile, CHAI Regional Director, Colleen Connell, also expressed interest in exploring opportunities for further collaboration with Barbados. “We want to align ourselves with the priorities of the country, so we can be of maximum assistance in the areas of HIV and AIDS and other diseases affecting the country,” she explained.

CHAI is a division of the William J. Clinton Foundation of the United States of America, whose mandate focuses on worldwide issues that demand urgent action, solutions and measurable results.

jgill@barbados.gov.bb

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