Faith leaders declare end to stigma and Discrimination St. Kitts leads the way in legal reforms against stigma and discrimiation – Who will be next?
If you could have been a fly on the wall at the St. Kitts Marriott in Basseterre this Wednesday it would have been a revelation. Over 70 parliamentarians, faith based leaders, NGOs, youth and government officials avidly debated the deficiencies in existing legal instruments which lend to HIV related stigma and discrimination in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Close to 500 UWI Mona students and 90 sixth formers, some of them with councilors or teachers, from nearby high schools, participated in Getting to Zero- Justice for All — the Mona Campus based HIV action day on November 21.
The Jamaica Ministry of Health and the United Theological College, under the guidance of Dr. Marjorie Lewis have invited faith-based church leaders across Jamaica to show support for the Justice for All Programme by sharing a message guided by the theme ‘Justice for All” on Friday, November 29th, Saturday, November 30th or Sunday, December 1, 2013, in observance of World AIDS Day.
National conversations emanating from the Justice for All programme are already blossoming with faith leaders setting the tone. In St. Kitts and Nevis the consultations inspired Faith-based leaders to present a declaration based on dignity and justice for all.
UNAIDS recently released its 2013 Global Report on the AIDS epidemic which comprise data from 172 countries. “Globally, an estimated 35.3 (32.2-38.8) million people were living with HIV in 2012. An increase from previous years as more people are receiving the life-saving anti-retroviral therapy.
Latin American and the Caribbean lead the developing world in levels of antiretroviral coverage in the fight against the HIV infection, according to a new report from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
As we commemorate World AIDS Day on 1 December and its significance, we do so at a time when the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in its fortieth year of existence, has renewed and heightened its focus on its reason for being.