The US $5 million TB/HIV project funded by the Global Fund will operate in six participating OECS Member States: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint-Lucia, Antigua, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis and Grenada with outcomes and lessons learnt being applied to other Member States.
Representatives of the countries recently convened to provide an update on project progress to all stakeholders.
Dr. Cleophas d'Auvergne, Project Coordinator of the HIV/TB Elimination Project at the OECS Commission introduced newly developed regional TB/HIV Clinical Guidelines.
"We presented the newly developed OECS TB/HIV Clinical Guidelines to be endorsed by the Member States as a document that can be used as a model for others.
"We also aimed to finalize the TB elimination plans of countries, as well as to agree on specific implementation activities for 2018" said Dr. d'Auvergne.
The guidelines aim at harmonizing the processes of prevention, control and treatment of tuberculosis and HIV among all the participating countries.
Dr. Davy, Clinical Care Coordinator for TB/HIV in Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines explained that the guidelines are prominent for medical practitioners.
"The project allows us to concentrate our efforts on major improvements to elimination efforts.
"Before we had the guidelines, some health professionals were attaining a diagnosis in an incorrect way.
One case of tuberculosis is one too much in this modern day and age" said Dr. Davy.
In the case of Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Davy concluded by stating that an average of 7 cases of tuberculosis were recorded annually in Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines.
|This story aligns with OECS Strategic Objective No.4: Assure the Security and Well-being of Citizens.|
Interviews of Dr. Cleophas d'Auvergne: Project Co-ordinator at the OECS Commission, Dr. Jean Rwangabwoba, Representative fom PAHO, Ms. Joan Didier, Director of the OECS Regional Coordinated Mecanism and Dr. Jose Davy Clinical Care Co-ordinator for HIV/TB St. Vincent and the Grenadines.