Prime Minister Bruce Golding has made an appeal to the United Nations (UN) to revisit the criteria for allocating funds to fight HIV/AIDS because it is not possible for the government to divert funds and resources from other urgent priority areas to fight the disease.
Golding said he is concerned about the UN criteria that specify that Jamaica will not be eligible for funding assistance from the Global Fund as of 2013 because it has recently been designated as a high middle income country. He said that Minister of Health Rudyard Spencer will speak the needs of Jamaica at a UN meeting in June, before they re-allocate and re-designate countries.
Prime Minister Golding also reiterated the commitment of the leaders of the country to commitment to eliminate stigma, humiliation, gender inequality, and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS.
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