(ZIZ News) — “We in the Caribbean wholeheartedly support the Global Strategy Proposed by UNAIDS to achieve the bold aspirational goals of ending HIV/AIDS, which aligns with the global health targets in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) approved by the UN,” were the words of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris when he addressed a UNAIDS Symposium at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Sunday.
Prime Minister Harris called on Caribbean leaders to pursue ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030, stating that “our region of mainly Small Island Development States (SIDS) with a combined population ranging from 15-20 million, has identified as a matter of expediency, mechanisms for resources to achieve positive national results.”
Dr. Harris noted three functional organisations that cooperated with the Caribbean and contributed to its economic viability with regards to regional integration.
The organisations, he said, were established with the support of Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) as well as the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2013. They are the Caribbean Cooperation in Health, the Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).