Jamaica has been a recipient country of the Global Fund since 2004 and has been disbursed over US$101 million for HIV responses, including a funding request for COVID-19 in 2021.
As part of the operationalisation of Strategic Objective 3 of the Global Fund Strategy 2017 – 2022, the Breaking Down Barriers Initiative was initiated in 2020 and which Jamaica participated in. As part of this initiative, a Baseline Assessment was conducted in 2018 and a mid-term assessment was commissioned by the Global Fund to present findings in Jamaica in 2021.
The mid-term assessment showed that despite interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, strong gains were made and that Jamaica’s participation in the Global Partnership to Eliminate All Forms of HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination builds upon this momentum and represents a commitment to quality and sustainability of human rights programming.
About the action
The action in Jamaica is led by Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVCC) with the support of the following partners.
On 9th March 2022, colleagues in Jamaica gathered together to prepare the letters and origami paper cranes to be sent to the donor embassies with presence in Jamaica.
Letters were sent by CVCC to Donor Embassies or High Commissions of the following – Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, European Commission, Germany Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States.
Ivan Cruickshank, Executive Director of Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVCC) met with Ambassador Hugo Verbist of the Belgium Embassy on the 11th March 2022 to share key messages from communities and civil society to Belgium for the Seventh Replenishment of the Global Fund and present the letter.
Colleagues in Jamaica joined us on social media to amplify messages on the Global Week of Action.
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