L - R Director of the PANCAP Coordinating Unit, Mr. Dereck Springer, Prof. Donald Simeon, new Chair Hon Nicolette Henry and new Vice Chair Prof J. Peter Figueroa during the PANCAP RCM

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Apr 06 2017 – The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) for the new Global Fund Project has elected a new Chair and Vice Chair.

Nicolette Henry, Minister within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Guyana and Dr Peter Figueroa of The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus were elected as the new Chair and Vice Chair respectively during the first meeting of the RCM which was held in Kingston from April 4-6.

The three-year grant, in the amount of US$5,075,234 began on 1 October 2016 and will end on 30 September 2019.

The grant aims to contribute to the removal of barriers that impede access to HIV and sexual and reproductive health services for key populations, thereby promoting the achievement of regional HIV targets.

The Sub-recipient is the PANCAP Coordinating Unit, Sub-sub-recipients are the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), while the collaborating partners are the Caribbean Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS (CRN+) and The University of the West Indies – Health Economics Unit (UWI-HEU).

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