U.S. Provides over US$200,000 to Expand HIV Clinical Service Delivery in Jamaica

Christiana, Manchester – Today, The United States government through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), officially opened an expanded HIV clinic, at the Christiana Health Center, Christiana, Manchester.

U.S. Ambassador Donald Tapia along with CDC Caribbean Regional Office Director Varough Deyde, celebrated the opening of the expanded space with officials from Jamaica’s Ministry of Health. The space, which is a retrofitted container, is one of three now open to the public across the island, serving as a direct response to addressing the issue of limited space needed for the delivery of HIV care, treatment and laboratory services.

Addressing the audience, U.S. Ambassador Donald Tapia stated, “These facilities have been made available to provide much-needed space for the provision of health services in the communities we are here to serve.” According to Tapia, “The new facilities complement the direct technical assistance already provided and will fill the gaps identified during the initial needs assessment at facilities in Hanover, Trelawny, and Manchester Health Centers in 2017”.

In total, the U.S. has provided $220,000 USD through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to support the retrofitting project.  Other medical facilities that have benefitted from the modernized containers are the Lucea Health Center in Hanover and Duncans Health Center in Trelawny.

This assistant supports the health objectives of the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 Engagement Strategy which aims to improve health security, advancing public health, and strengthening resilience to emergencies and disasters in the Caribbean.   Overall, U.S.-Caribbean 2020 is a multi-year strategy to increase the security, prosperity, and well-being of the people of the United States and the Caribbean.

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