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Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - Saint Lucia will be the venue of a Caribbean Regional HIV/AIDS Consultation organized by the World Bank. The consultation will be held over two days September 26th to the 27th and will bring together key persons involved in World Bank funded HIV / AIDS projects from Saint Lucia and the Caribbean region.

A key component of these World Bank funded HIV/AIDS Projects in the region is the establishment of Secretariats to direct the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention and control efforts. The newly established National HIV/AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS) and the Project Coordination Unit (PCU) will be representing Saint Lucia at this consultation.

Deputy Project Coordinator of the PCU Miss Cheryl Mathurin says the consultation will enable dialogue and exchange of ideas with the World Bank Team and Caribbean counterparts who are involved with implementation of similar HIV/ AIDS Projects. It will also facilitate and accelerate project implementation.

Senior Public Health Specialist of the World Bank and Task Team Leader for the Saint Lucia HIV/AIDS Project, Miss Mary Mulusa, will lead the World Bank team. The World Bank will seek an update on the progress of project implementation in key areas. The achievement of individual country goals for prevention of HIV/AIDS, the obstacles and challenges faced by countries which may impact on the sustainability of their programs and the exploration of ways to increase efficiencies in the execution of projects.

The two-day consultation will be held at the Royal Saint Lucian from 8:30 a.m.

For further information please contact Miss Cheryl Mathurin at the Project Coordination Unit PCU at tel# 1 ( 758) 468-5039 or Mr Nahum Jn Baptiste, Director, NAPS at telephone # 1(758) 468-5316.


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