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Haiti - AIDS : AHF concerned about the decline and use of funding
08/11/2017 08:14:12

Haiti - AIDS : AHF concerned about the decline and use of funding
150 national and international experts are taking part in an international forum in Haiti from 6 to 9 November to stimulate dialogue on the main requirements to end AIDS in the region http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-22630-haiti-health-pm-at-the-3rd-latin-american-forum-on-the-response-to-hiv-aids.html .

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) remains concerned about the slow implementation of the Test and Treat strategy within the region and the reduction as well as the efficiency of utilization of existing donor funds. "The percentage of overall funding allocated to treatment in the region is not in keeping with the evidence, which now indisputably indicates that getting to sustained viral suppression removes the risk of transmission. Yet still only a half of those infected are on treatment, and worse, maybe less than half of those in treatment is virally suppressed," said Dr. Kevin Harvey, Caribbean Regional director.

"We must continue to discuss sustainability of the response and country ownership in light of retreating donors and restricted funding, however we believe there is an even more urgent need to discuss the mammoth task of doubling, and in some cases triple, the number of persons receiving treatment. Moreover, the social barriers that limits one's ability to stay on treatment, we have hardly started to address," also noted the former head of HIV program in Jamaica.

AHF is committed to expanding its role in the response in the this region and around the world and is scaling up the resources it provides in the LAC. "Our goal is to directly support one million persons in care by 2020," said Mr. Michael Kahane, Southern Bureau Chief. "And we will not be neglecting small developing states such as Haiti the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago."

Dr. Patricia Campos, Chief of the Latin America Bureau, also pointed out that AHF is also calling on National governments “to address as a national emergency, the implementation of treatment for those who have the virus, considering that Test and Treat is an intervention that will not only save the lives of the individuals treated but will protect the whole society due to the resultant reduction in transmission at the community level.”

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