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Dissemination meeting in Jamaica presents research findings on vulnerable populations at risk for HIV

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Stigma Study on Men who have sex with men in JamaicaJamaica's Minister of Health Honorable Dr Fenton Ferguson and USAID Mission Director Denise Herbol opened the C-Change research dissemination meeting in Kingston, Jamaica on April 25. The meeting was a forum to share findings from several studies on HIV prevention and vulnerable populations considered to be most-at-risk for HIV. Findings will assist program planners in shaping their HIV prevention and communication programming for these vulnerable populations. Over 100 people attended.

C-Change presented the results of four studies and made available a fifth assessment. Dr. Sharlene Jarrett, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at the National HIV/STI Programme (NHP) provided an overview of the HIV epidemic in Jamaica, with a focus on most-at-risk populations (MARPs).

Dr. Susan Rogers, C-Change, moderated a panel discussion on the potential impact of the research findings as they related to programming for the HIV epidemic in Jamaica and strategies to address stigma and discrimination. Panel members included Sannia Sutherland, director of prevention from the National HIV/STI Programme; Dr Aggrey Irons, president, Medical Association of Jamaica; Brendan Bain, director, CHART Regional Coordinating Unit; Ian McKnight, executive director, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition; and Dr Marjan deBruin, director, UWIHARP. Six Jamaican research partners joined the meeting.

Jamaica radio program Beyond the Headlines interviewed Dr. Jarrett and Althea Bailey, a researcher who lead on one of the studies, on their 5pm evening news. There was also TV coverage by TVJ. All five reports are available for download from the C-Change website.



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