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  • Despite news that surfaced last year that the United States President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) had discontinued its funding of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network, the Ministry of Health on Monday announced that the Global Fund recently approved funding for the National HIV/STI Programme for the next three years.

    Grant funding has also been approved...

  • The National Family Planning Board (NFPB) has reported an increase in contraceptive use among Jamaican women.

    The most recent statistics show that 85 per cent of women have used a contraceptive method and up to 88 per cent use it regardless of educational level. The data also show that 73 per cent of women in a union are using contraceptives.

    Director of Prevention and Outreach...

  • Jamaica is on track to be among the first countries in the world to reach the targets for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, according to the Ministry of Health.

    The country's status will be confirmed later this month, once the Ministry of Health submits its country report to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

    UNAIDS acknowledged the major progress...

  • As it observes Family Week, the National Family Planning Board (NFPB) is urging all sectors of society -- families, schools, churches, community organisations, among others -- to become more involved in sex education of children and teenagers as a means of ending or at least stemming the tide of unsafe sexual practices.

    Under the theme: 'Time to Talk', the week is being observed from...

  •  Head of the National Family Planning Board Dr Sandra Knight has said that the time has come for law makers to legalise abortion.‎

    "Let's face it, it's happening," said Dr Knight, who was speaking at the Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange meeting of editors and reporters at the newspaper’s Beechwood Avenue headquarters in Kingston.

    Dr Knight said that the risk that exists with...

  • National Family Planning Board (NFPB) chair Sandra Knight says the Jamaican family is deteriorating significantly and it's a cause for great concern.

    "We are looking at the discombobulation of the Jamaican family and it concerns us deeply," Knight stressed while speaking at the Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange a short while ago in observance of 'Family Week'.

    She said that the...


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