Caribbean makes progress in fighting HIV/AIDS, say envoy

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Although the Caribbean is second to Sub-Saharan Africa in the proportion of people with HIV and AIDS, it has made progress in the past 10 years in fighting the disease.

That's according to Dr. Edward Green, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean.

Dr. Green is part of a group of envoys from various regions who are in New York to discuss progress in combating the disease with the Secretary-General.

He spoke to UN Radio about the progress the region has made in fighting HIV and AIDS.

"For example, the 2012 UNAIDS report on HIV/AIDS showed how markedly important we had addressed the issues and how we had achieved so well over the last 10 years. For example, 50 per cent reduction in the number of people dying from AIDS; 70 per cent increase in the number of people who are on anti retroviral drugs, as well as an 80 per cent of reduction in mother-to-child transmission."

However, Dr. Green warned that there is no need for complacency because there are cutbacks in financial resources from multilateral and bilateral sources.

He said this is so because the Caribbean countries are considered to be middle income countries.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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