Jamaica: Ministry Exploring PATH Benefits for HIV/AIDS Affected
January 22, 2009
The Jamaican government is investigating extending the benefits of its Program of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) to persons affected by HIV/AIDS. Funded by the Jamaican government and the World Bank, PATH provides cash grants to the country's most needy citizens, including children, elderly, pregnant women and nursing mothers, and the destitute.
Chung explained that under the proposal, when an HIV-infected person files a complaint with the Ministry of Labor, the person's family would be evaluated. OSHD would "seek to have an agreement with PATH where from our referral they would be considered beneficiaries," he said.
Some children of HIV-infected people are already beneficiaries under PATH, but OSHD wants to formalize that part of the program, Chung noted. OSHD intends to present the plan to PATH. "We are in the same ministry -- the Occupational Safety and Health Department and the PATH program -- so we believe that in 2009 we will have the proposal," Chung said.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.