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 Wednesday 16 June 2010
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Country Profile: Jamaica
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AIDS Programmes

National Strategic Framework: 2002-2006

At time of update, a new strategic framework was being drafted.

HIV/AIDS Organisations

  National AIDS Committee, Ministry of Health
Contact person: Ruth Jankee, executive director Tel: +876 967 7406
+876 967 1100/9 (Ext. 2058)
Location: 2-4 Kings Street, 4th Floor,
Ministry of Health Building
Kingston, Jamaica
Fax: +876 967-4077, 967-1280
What we do: Advice on policy issues; prevention and control; fundraising; education; information; funds for children affected or infected by HIV/AIDS.

  Jamaica National HIV/STI Prevention Programme
Contact person: Jacqueline Duncan MD, MPH, director of monitoring and evaluation Tel: +876 967 1100 / 1103 / 1105/ 1092
Location: 2-4 Kings Street, 4th Floor,
Ministry of Health Building
Kingston, Jamaica
Fax: +876 967 1280
What we do:

 South East Regional Health Authority
Contact person: Tel: +876 754 3439
Location: 25 Dominica Drive, 2nd Floor, The Towers
Kingston 10, Jamaica
Fax: +876 754 3443
What we do:

 Association of Women’s Organisations in Jamaica
Contact person: Tel: +876 968 8260
Location: 9 Westminister Road
Kingston 10, Jamaica
Fax: +876 920 7460
What we do:

 Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation
Contact person: Tel: +876 929 7608
Location: 42 Trafalgar Road
Kingston 10, Jamaica
Fax: +876 960 7551
What we do:

 Jamaican Network of Seropositives (JN+)
Contact person: Janice Green, administrator Tel: +876 929 6946
Location: 14 South Avenue
Kingston 10, Jamaica
Fax: +876 929 6942
What we do: Advocacy; public awareness; care and support.

 CHART - Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network
Contact person: Prof. Brendan Bain, RCU director / Lorraine Anglin, MPH, CHART
Network information and communication officer
Tel: +876 977 2717
Location: Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU)
Department of Community Health & Psychiatry, UWI Mona Campus
Postgraduate Medical Education Building, UHWI
Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica
Fax: +876 970 3243
What we do: The CHART Network works to ensure training excellence with the aim of reducing the burden and impact of HIV, AIDS and related conditions in every Caribbean country and territory.

 CHART Jamaica National Training Centre
Contact person: Dr Tina Hylton-Kong, CHART Jamaica medical director / Terri Myrie, CHART Jamaica national training co-ordinator Tel: +876 948 8002
Location: ERTU-CHART Jamaica
55 Slipe Pen Road
Kingston 5, Jamaica
Fax: +876 948 8695
What we do: Improvement of the prevention, care and support services for persons with HIV and other STIs, by improving the capacity of health providers in Jamaica and, where possible, the Caribbean.

 Training Jamaica AIDS Support (JAS)
Contact person:  Andrea McLean, executive director Tel: +876 978 2345
Location: 4 Upper Musgrave Avenue
Kingston 10, Jamaica
Fax: +876 978 7876
What we do: Home-based care; education; counselling, support and testing; income generation programme; training workshops.

 Global AIDS Programme–Caribbean Regional Office
Contact person: Lisa Fitzpatrick, director Tel:
Location: 9 Alexandra Street St. Clair, Trinidad and Tobago Fax:
What we do:

 UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS, Chair
Contact person: Dr Kwame Boafo, UNESCO Tel: +876 929 7085
Location: 25 Dominica Drive
Kingston 5, Jamaica
Fax: +1 876 929 8468
What we do:

Treatment Map

Adult HIV Prevalence Rate (%): 1.5
No. Of People living with HIV/AIDS: 25,000
No. Of HIV Testing & Counselling Sites: All health centres and hospitals > 300 sites
No. Of People in need of ART: 5,000
No. Of People On ART (Dec. 2006): 2,710
No. Of Sites Reportedly Distributing ARVs: 18
No. Of People on ART Public Sector: 2,410
No. Of People on ART Private Sector: estimated 300
No. Of People on ART in Non-Government Programmes: n/a
No. Of People Expected to be on ART by end 2007: n/a
Front Line Drug Regimen: n/a
*PMTCT Regimen: Between January and June 2006, approximately three out of four HIV-infected pregnant women received antiretroviral medication to prevent mother-to-child-transmission of HIV.

HIV/AIDS Fund Disbursements:
Total Funds Disbursed By The Global Fund as of January 2007: US$ 11,615,974

Sources: Ministry of Health


Demographics (United Nations Population Fund, 2006):
Population: 2.7 million
Urban population: 53 percent

Under 5 mortality per 1000 births: 20
Male life expectancy: 69.1 years
Female life expectancy: 72.5 years
Combined average life expectancy: 70.8 years
Combined average life expectancy 1975-1980: approx. 69 years

Education (UNESCO, 2004):
Males with secondary education as percentage of secondary school-age youths: 87 percent
Females with secondary education as percentage of secondary school-age youths: 89 percent

Literacy rates (UNESCO, 2004):
Percentage of literate males aged 15 or older: 74.1 percent
Percentage of literate females aged 15 or older: 85.9 percent
Combined literacy rate for aged 15 or older: 80 percent
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