Jamaica has been chosen by UNAIDS Caribbean as the location for a Sub Regional Office, as part of major reorganisation plans for the region.

UN AIDS says Jamaica was chosen due to its leadership in AIDS response at the national, regional and international levels.

It says the country’s leadership has been demonstrated by the contribution of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to the UNAIDS Lancet Commission and the participation of Kingston Mayor, Dr. Angela Brown Burke in the Fast Track Cities Initiative.

UNAIDS says Jamaica has also stood out for the considerable work that has been done around the financial sustainability of the HIV response, through the Health Ministry.

It notes also that Jamaica is home to a vibrant, vocal community of civil society organisations.

A UNAIDS country team has been working in Jamaica since 2005.

Jamaica’s designation as the location for the Sub Regional Office will be supported by the appointment of a Country Director.

That post is yet to be filled.

The change in Jamaica’s status is in keeping with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

These highlight the need for greater attention to Small Island Developing States as well as regional approaches to achieving development, equity, inclusion and results.

UNAIDS says this new agenda has prompted an organisational reconfiguration to provide the most cost-effective support to the Caribbean and its member states.