The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States’ (OECS) Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) for HIV/AIDS has been awarded a US$5.3 million grant from the Global Fund to continue its battle to stop the spread of the epidemic.
Ministries and organizations from across the sub-region have been working and strategizing for months to secure the funding.
Director of the RCM Joan Didier explained that the grant would be given to the OECS Commission which would distribute the funds to the ministries of health in the member states of the sub-regional group.
Didier said she expected the OECS would soon be validated as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV. But she stressed that achieving that status was not the end, as hard work would be required to maintain that and build on the gains.