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23 April 2011

$233 million earmarked to reduce HIV prevalence

Author: Jamaica Information Service

The Ministry of Health's project [commenced in October 2009] to reduce HIV prevalence among persons deemed most at risk has been boosted this fiscal year by a $233.9 million budgetary allocation…Achievements up to February 2011 include…recruitment of...

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17 December 2009

'Stop discriminating' - Charles calls for an end to HIV screening at the workplace [Jamaica]

Author: Daraine Luton, The Gleaner [Jamaica]

Labour Minister Pearnel Charles has warned employers not to discriminate against persons living with HIV/AIDS…In a stern warning to employers, the labour minister said…"There is no justification for any HIV/AIDS screen for the purposes of excluding...

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29 May 2009

[PDF] Mining matters: Unacceptable metal mining in developing countries and the responsibilities of companies in the Netherlands

Author: Friends of the Earth Netherlands

This report shows that there are huge problems with regard to mining in developing countries, including loss of livelihood and health risks to communities; devastation of rich ecosystems; poor working conditions of miners; child labour; fuelling war...

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2 May 2009

Women, children feeling effects of climate change

Author: The Gleaner [Jamaica]

The lives of women and children are particularly being affected by the growing problem of climate change [according to Jamaica's] Deputy Resident Representative of [UNDP], Akiko Fujii...Fujii pointed out that about 50 per cent of children born in...

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29 March 2009

Pill under pressure - Local companies blocked from selling cheap, life-saving drug [Jamaica]

Author: Janet Silvera, Gleaner [Jamaica]

Jamaican pharmaceutical company, Indies Pharma, is gearing up for a court battle with international drug-manufacturing giant, Pfizer-USA, over local distribution of hypertension medication…Because of a 2005 court injunction granting Pfizer-USA the...

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28 November 2008

Government of Jamaica launches AIDS workplace policy

Author: Jamaica Gleaner

In a recent report from the United Nations Development AIDS programme, of the 27,000 Jamaicans living with HIV, it is estimated that 18,000 are unaware of their status. In an attempt to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on the island, a national HIV...

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10 November 2008

Pressure on House to reject HIV pretesting [Jamaica]

Author: Jamaica Gleaner

Parlimentarians reviewing the Workplace Policy on HIV/AIDS are being encouraged not to allow organisations to pretest potential employees for HIV…Last week, Minister of Water and Housing Horace Chang and Opposition Senator Sandrea Falconer said it was...

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6 August 2008

HIV discrimination reporting system coming [Jamaica]

Author: Ingrid Brown, The Jamaica Observer

An HIV-discrimination reporting system, expected to be given national recognition when it is put before Parliament this year, should see more persons filing complaints if they believe they have been victims of discrimination. The Discrimination...

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25 June 2008

Gov't tables Green Paper on HIV/AIDS at the workplace [Jamaica]

Author: Balfour Henry, The Jamaica Observer

The government has taken a major step towards removing the stigma of HIV/AIDS in the workplace by tabling a Green Paper on the issue in the House of Representatives yesterday…The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will have oversight...

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5 April 2008

Big Boost for HIV/AIDS Treatment Programme [Jamaica]

Author: Jamaica Information Service

The HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention and Control Programme in Jamaica (Global Fund), has been allocated $374.6 million in the 2008/09 Estimates of Expenditure…to further strengthen the multi-sector national response to prevent and address the HIV/AIDS...

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