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Cayman AIDS Study Underway

Minister of Health officials met with Dr Cumberbatch (centre front).

The Ministry of Health and Human Services recently hosted Dr Jeff Cumberbatch, AIDS consultant with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as Cayman prepares to participate in a regional HIV/AIDS study.

Over the next two months, Dr Cumberbatch will review policy and legislation in the UK's six Caribbean Overseas Territories to determine how these influence stigma and discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS.

The analysis will specifically look at the atmosphere in which a country responds to HIV/AIDS and will identify legal and socioeconomic issues that have a significant impact on HIV-related stigma and discrimination. It will also compare local preventative and treatment procedures with international best practice.

"We welcome this opportunity for an independent review of our HIV/AIDS policies and look forward to implementing any recommendations necessary to improve our policy or legislative framework," said Chief Officer of Health Diane Montoya.

The study project is part of DFID's support to the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC), which in turn provides planning and technical assistance to Caribbean OTs in taking action against HIV/AIDS.

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For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver