(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Haiti's Minister of Health and Chair of the Executive Board, Honourable Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume, called on members of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) to strengthen coordination efforts and to foster closer integration at all levels.
The minister was delivering remarks to the Official Opening of the Nineteenth Meeting of the Executive Board of the Pan Caribbean Partnership
(PANCAP) on 5 September, 2012, in Port - au - Prince, Haiti.
Alluding to the effects of global developments on the Caribbean's ability to maintain its response, the minister noted that PANCAP
was a collective based on goodwill "[and] despite the international financial crunch, there is a sufficient flow of goodwill and understanding of the need to maintain and accelerate the momentum of the PANCAP response".
reminded that through PANCAP
, "the voices of the community and Civil Society
are heard at the highest level of decision making in the Community.
The Minister drew attention to the progress made by Haiti
in curtailing the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Recent statistics for Haiti
indicate from a peak national prevalence of 5 per cent in 1993, it was now at 2.2 per cent. In this context, she
stated "[Haiti} should continue to receive the attention of financial and technical assistance partners at all levels.
called on the Board to provide clear information on how the Partnership's engagement with Haiti
could be enhanced and in what areas it could provide critical assistance.
brief welcome remarks, Madam Sophia Martelly, First Lady of Haiti
noted that it was the first time the Partnership as a collective was meeting in Haiti
, and that this was symbolic of the commitment of the Partnership and delegates to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean.
called on the Partnership to step up its efforts to eliminate mother to child transmission.