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New AIDS policy ‘on the way’

New AIDS policy ‘on the way’ Minister Steve Blackett. (FP)

Sun, December 02, 2012 - 12:07 AM

Government is working on a new HIV/AIDS policy that Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett says will be “genuinely multisectoral, developmental and human rights based”.

While not giving details, he told patrons at the World AIDS Day Concert in Independence Square, Bridgetown yesterday that it would fit “snugly” with his ministry’s thrust to address the challenge The Barbados National HIV Policy – A Framework For Action. He added that the policy framework was a signature statement which defined the Government as people-centred and caring.

Blackett said the theme for this year’s activities – Eliminate Hate, Don’t Discriminate – was timely and instructive, as freedom from discrimination was a fundamental human right which must be protected with “all the vigour we can muster”.

He reminded the gathering that International Human Rights laws guaranteed the right of equal protection before the law and freedom from discrimination on several grounds. (YB)

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Posted by Tony Webster 1 year, 10 months ago
Leff-out de sweet-talk. What this "signature statement" really means is that that what we now have, just ain't cutting it with the yutes, and we are really up the creek, sans paddle. Ironically, I suspect that the current "free" availablity of retro-viral treatments to all careless folks is a factor? Like…you gotta headache? Take an aspirin! Maybe, let's get something into the primary-school sylabus…or the nursery-schools?

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Posted by Frank Husbands 1 year, 10 months ago
What new AIDS policy.Both Jamaica and Guyana, countries that we tend to look down on, have more advancing HIV testing with results given back the same day.What happen to the millions the Government got to implement such testing in Barbados over two years ago?
I think there should be an overall focus on STDs as somehow AIDS figures are going down but other STDs are rising, go figure.

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Posted by J. Payne 1 year, 10 months ago
The only thing the DLP seems to finish is renaming buildings. Why is it always "working on" when these ministers speak? It is never "we have completed." You DLP people seem to have a serious implementation problem. One can merely look at your 2008 manifesto and compare it to what you've completed.
These ministers give the impression they are just making up these things as they go along, and say anything that comes to their mouths during these press conferences. Only thing completed is what? Warrens? and what else? Start coming with more substance DLP.

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