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Contact:  Sherlana Ernest


Friday 27 May 2011 A two-day sub-regional workshop under the theme “Cultural Approaches to HIV Prevention, Education and Empowerment Programs in the Caribbean” was hosted in Saint Lucia recently. The workshop was organized by the UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean in collaboration with the UNESCO National Commission in Saint Lucia.


Director and Representative of UNESCO for the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean, Dr. Kwame Boafo, was present alongside other officials from the Ministries of Health and Wellness,  Education and Culture, as well as participants from various countries. Dr. Boafo spoke on the occasion of the Sub-Regional workshop.


“The basic objective is to bring together participants from the English and the Dutch speaking Caribbean. Participants from approximately ten countries will be provided with the  opportunities to discuss HIV intervention programs that are culturally based  because cultural interventions and our understanding of the cultural determinants as drivers of the prevalence of HIV and AIDS, is quite important not only in the Caribbean region but in the world as a whole.” 


Secretary General of Saint Lucia National Commission for UNESCO, Marcia Symphorien says essentially the objective of the workshop is to share experience, to share best practice on the significance of taking a cultural approach to designing HIV intervention programs.


“We want to have an opportunity to share with the participants how they can design, how they can implement and how they can evaluate programs in the Caribbean using this cultural dimension to do HIV sensitization.”


Over twenty participants were afforded the opportunity to discuss capacity building through the dissemination of materials and the best practices which contribute to informed policies and programs.

The cultural approaches workshop to HIV prevention, education, and empowerment programs in the Caribbean sub-region is in keeping with UNESCO's efforts towards universal access to comprehensive HIV prevention programs.

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