SVG is among other OECS countries that have partnered with the Pan American Health Organization and the Global Fund to implement a program aiming at eliminating tuberculosis and HIV in the Eastern Caribbean.
The country will benefit from a US $5 million TB/HIV project funded by the Global Fund and will operate in six participating OECS Member States: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint-Lucia, Antigua, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis and Grenada with outcomes and lessons learnt being applied to the other Member States.
Dr Jose Davy Clinical Care Coordinator for TB/HIV in Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines said “One case of tuberculosis is one too much in this modern day and age”
In the case of Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Davy said that an average of 7 cases of tuberculosis was recorded annually.
Representatives of the countries recently convened in St Lucia to provide an update on project progress to all stakeholders.
Dr Cleophas d’Auvergne, Project Coordinator of the HIV/TB Elimination Project at the OECS Commission introduced newly developed regional TB/HIV Clinical Guidelines.
The guidelines aim at harmonizing the processes of prevention, control and treatment of tuberculosis and HIV among all the participating countries.
Dr Davy explained that the guidelines are prominent for medical practitioners.
“The project allows us to concentrate our efforts on major improvements to elimination efforts.
“Before we had the guidelines, some health professionals were attaining a diagnosis in an incorrect way.