OECS Member States collaborating to eliminate HIV and Tuberculosis

OECS Member States collaborating to eliminate HIV and Tuberculosis

OECS Media release

The OECS Commission has partnered with the Pan American Health Organization and the Global Fund to implement a program aiming at eliminating tuberculosis and HIV in the Eastern Caribbean. 

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.
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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