Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates


Social workers love to use the term “vulnerable populations” to describe those Jamaican citizens, whom we tend to sideline, ignore, dismiss and even forget about altogether. I am not sure I like the word “vulnerable” much, but these Jamaicans are indeed “in harm’s way” because of their position in society – their invisibility. We cannot … More Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates

High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS: Civil Society Calls UN Declaration “A Globally Sanctioned Death Warrant for Key Populations”


The High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS opened today at the United Nations in New York. However, many global civil society organizations – including the Kingston-based Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) – are not happy with the 2016 Political Declaration, which they say does not include key at-risk populations. Here is their press release, dated today. … More High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS: Civil Society Calls UN Declaration “A Globally Sanctioned Death Warrant for Key Populations”

PANCAP Statement on Prof Bain: Stigma and Discrimination Driving the HIV Epidemic in the Caribbean


I just received this statement, and thought I would share it with you, dear readers, for your consideration. You can read the statement online at http://www.pancap.org/en/45-media/2491-pancap-statement.html STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION DRIVING THE HIV EPIDEMIC IN THE CARIBBEAN PANCAP STATEMENT The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) affirms that Professor Brendan Bain testimony in the Orozco v. … More PANCAP Statement on Prof Bain: Stigma and Discrimination Driving the HIV Epidemic in the Caribbean

Person to Person: Health Care Workers and Marginalized Jamaicans


There was “so much things to say”, as the Bob Marley song goes. At a stakeholder consultation with health care workers and local groups working with the LGBT community, words flowed in torrents as the participants tackled difficult issues head on. The organizers, Panos Caribbean, expertly guided the discussion, which is part of a broader communication … More Person to Person: Health Care Workers and Marginalized Jamaicans