Antigua and Barbuda is among six independent Caribbean islands to benefit from an OECS Multi-country Global Fund Project to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic as well as Tuberculosis.
According to the AIDS Program Manager Delcora Williams although Antigua and Barbuda is classified as a high income country thus not being able to qualify for global funding, the twin island state will still be able to access the US$5.3 million dollars.
Williams said that the funding is a means of targeting interventions for key populations to find out exactly where the AIDS epidemic stems.
The US$ 5.3 million dollars is to be spent over a 3 year period to address the issue of HIV/AIDS as well as the Tuberculosis within the Organisation of eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
According to the AIDS Program manager, with Antigua and Barbuda being a part of the six Caribbean islands to benefit from the funding, workshops was held over the past two days to facilitate assessments by the OECS Commission.
Meantime Project Coordinator for the OECS Multi-country Global Fund Project James St Catharine said that the two day workshop in Antigua Barbuda is to ensure the successful implementation of the project.
This is the second time that Antigua and Barbuda has received funding from the OECS the first being in 2005 which came to a conclusion in 2010.