HIV and AIDS continues to be a huge challenge in the Caribbean region 30 years into the epidemic. We’ve made great strides in reducing new infections and supporting people living with HIV (PLHIV) all across the continuum of care. To have an even greater impact and to reach the UN 90-90-90 goals, we have to strategize and strengthen our partnerships across the Caribbean region.

The JASL study tour held in Jamaica August 8-11th was a fabulous example of a strong South to South Collaboration. We had an opportunity to visit the entire Jamaica AIDS Support for Life operations, benefit from presentations from the talented JASL team members and hear all about the way JASL has partnered with the Jamaican Ministry of Health and other civil society partners. JASL really supports PLHIV from the time of the first HIV test, linkage to care, nutritional support, navigating the health care system and obtaining psychosocial support. Quite a few clients shared with us that JASL enabled them to live healthy lives with HIV and overcome challenges and obstacles. The stories they shared with us were really touching and we even were treated to a poem about HIV, love and support.

We need more strong partnerships like this! Strong partnerships to end AIDS! Congratulations to JASL on the great work you are doing! Cheers and thank you for PANCAP/Knowledge for Health and USAID for supporting The Bahamas, Barbados and Guyana’s participation in this valuable exchange. There is definitely strength in unity! Here’s to our partnerships to end AIDS!