General Information

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines remains a low HIV-Prevalence country with an estimated 0.4% prevalence in the general population. The HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Programme continue to make notable progress in a number of programme areas. Of significance, is the steady advancement of the Mother-to Child Transmission Programme providing voluntary counselling and testing to pregnant women and achieving coverage of 85-100%. The provision of antiretroviral coverage to all HIV positive mothers to reduce the risk of vertical transmission is also worthy of mention in this regard.

Mission Statement

The HIV/AIDS/STI Prevention and Control Programme is committed to engaging individuals, groups, families and the civil society in aspects of its programme activities: enlightening them on sexual developmental issues and the practice of healthy sexual lifestyles; empowering caregivers to care for those affected and enriching the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS, utilising an integrated approach.

Vision Statement

A nation empowered to practice healthy lifestyles, adopt positive attitudes, and offer holistic care for those affected by HIV/AIDS thus working towards a significant reduction in the incidence of HIV/AIDS/STI.

Target Market [Key Clients]
  • Sexually active persons.
  • Adolescents/youths.
  • Health care providers.
  • Non-Governmental Organisations.
  • Service Clubs.
  • People living with AIDS.
  • Pregnant women and their infants.
  • MSM (Men who have sex with men).
  • CSW (Commercial Sex Workers).
  • Private sector.
  • Civil Society.
Objectives:
  1. To develop policies to guide the development of plans and programmes for the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS and STIs.

  2. To undertake needs assessments and utilize information to design effective health promotions, disease prevention, prevention and care programmes.

  3. To establish and maintain linkages with the media, other sectors, institutions and NGOs at the local, regional and international levels.

  4. To advocate for the rights of patients/clients and enunciate their responsibilities.

  5. To identify the need for and assist in the conduct of applied research.

  6. To maintain communication and updated surveillance systems.

 

 

Minister

Hon. Robert T.L.V. Browne