HP+ Jamaica Country Director, Sandra McLeish, and HP+ Senior Associate, Ryan Ubuntu Olson, were recognized by local stakeholders and media for their outstanding contributions to the HIV and AIDS responses. Sandra was presented with an award from Ricky Pascoe, JN+ President, and Dr. Jennifer Knight Johnson, USAID Jamaica. Ryan, who was named to the Clinton Global Initiative University’s Honor Roll in October, received a mention in the Washington Blade. More details are available in our news article.
To raise awareness and promote redress, the Jamaican Network of Seropositives (JN+) re-branded the Jamaica Anti-discrimination System for HIV (JADS), formerly the National HIV-Related Discrimination Reporting and Redress System. Through JADS, Jamaicans can report cases of HIV-related discrimination and potentially receive mediation and/or damages. For the past several years, USAID and PEPFAR through the Health Policy Plus (HP+) project, and its predecessor Health Policy Project, has been supporting JN+ and the Ministry of Health, a JN+ redress partner, to strengthen and evaluate their redress systems and address HIV-related stigma and discrimination.
Ahead of Country Operational Plan reviews, the USAID- and PEPFAR-supported Health Policy Plus project—along with representatives from the Jamaica Ministry of Health, Jamaican civil society, and USAID—presented updates to their Positive, Health, Dignity, and Prevention (PHDP) Training Modules, to USAID staff and missions around the world. The webinar highlighted key changes to the PHDP—a curriculum by and for people living with HIV and key populations to promote personal health and advocate for high-quality HIV services—and its potential application in settings outside of Jamaica. During the February 2017 webinar, Dr. Chevannes, executive director of Jamaica’s National Family Planning Board, Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency Health commented, “…I wish to endorse the critical importance of PHDP in helping the address the structural barriers that result in depressed treatment cascades through loss to follow up among communities of persons living with HIV as well as key populations. As Jamaica moves to Test and Start PHDP is a valuable tool in achieving the 90-90-90 targets.” The revised PHDP will be available later this spring.