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|A peer counsellor in Jamaica engages a group of young people in a discussion about HIV/AIDS.|
JAMAICA/BRAZIL, 16 October 2006 – For over two decades Jamaica and Brazil have undertaken considerable efforts to get the HIV/AIDS epidemic under control. Primary prevention, access to treatment and care, and protection of children affected by HIV/AIDS have been the main foci of their interventions. For these reasons, both countries have been nominated as champion countries in the global campaign, UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITED AGAINST AIDS.
Confronted with an increasing vulnerability to HIV/AIDS among their adolescent population – many of whom are now living with HIV thanks to greater access to treatment prolonging their lives – Brazil and Jamaica have decided to join forces. Learning from each other, both countries are accelerating and scaling up prevention efforts among adolescents and providing the necessary protection, treatment and care for those living with HIV/AIDS.
‘South to South’ exchange
The present three-year joint proposal, submitted by the UNICEF offices in Jamaica and Brazil to the French National Committee for UNICEF for a total amount of €300,000, supports four main strategies:
Partnering for results
Working with a range of partners, including the national HIV/AIDS programmes and committees, Ministries of Health, Education, Social Welfare, Youth and Communication, non-governmental organizations and community-based groups, the media – and above all, adolescents themselves – UNICEF in Brazil and Jamaica will seek to achieve the following results through the proposal:
Blog from young Jamaicans learning about HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care during study tour of Brazil
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