Parliamentarians to discuss their role in ending HIV and AIDS by 2030

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, May 13 2017 – The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a Regional Parliamentarians Forum in Kingston, Jamaica from May 30-31.

Parliamentarians from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago are scheduled to attend the Forum.

The focus of the Forum will be a discussion on the targets of the Political Declaration of June 2016 and the implications for parliaments in the Caribbean.

Parliamentarians are also expected to establish the foundations for increased engagement with national parliaments and national Parliamentary Committees on Health/Social Protection and on Justice especially in countries such as Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, which have higher HIV prevalence rates.

The Regional Parliamentarians Forum, which will also have St Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris in attendance,  is expected to result in the formation of significant strategies, which will inform the critical steps regional parliamentarians can implement to contribute effectively to ending HIV transmission and deaths from AIDS.

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