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2009 Country Office Annual Report

Annual Report

While the year 2009 proved to be particularly challenging for Jamaica in light of an increasing debt burden, increasing unemployment and the outbreak of the AH1N1 virus, several achievements were realized with UNFPA's support. These are outlined according to the three main areas of work, sexual and reproductive health, population and development and gender.

Sexual and Reproductive Health *Increased number of traditional and non-traditional organizations and sites promoting access to reproductive health information and services.

Over ten new organizations were involved in the Comprehensive Condom programme which focused on promoting increased knowledge of sexual and reproductive health including HIV prevention, behaviour change communication and access to male and female condoms. Among the partners in this initiative were the Bureau of Women's Affairs, Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities and the University of the West Indies Health Centre *Increase in the number of vulnerable groups accessing reproductive health services.

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Assessment of available SRH Data in the Caribbean St Lucia

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The meaning and definition of sexual and reproductive health has evolved throughout the years. Today it is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes. Reproductive health therefore implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so.

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2008 HIV/AIDS Knowledge Attitudes and Behavior Survey, Jamaica

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The Caribbean is second only to sub-Saharan Africa in HIV & AIDS prevalence. Jamaica, the largest island in the English speaking Caribbean island has however been relentless in its efforts to stem the spread of the disease and in 2007 estimated that approximately 1.3% of the adult Jamaican population was infected with two-thirds being unaware of their status. Behavioural surveillance is part of the Ministry of Health’s ongoing efforts. This report documents the results of the 2008 National Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior and Practices (KABP) survey conducted among adults 15-49 years in the general public. This survey is conducted every 3-4 years as part of the behavioural surveillance conducted for HIV/AIDS in Jamaica in which global and country specific behavioural indicators and intervention efforts are monitored. This 2008 survey was commissioned under the Caribbean Social Marketing Programme for HIV & AIDS Prevention (CARISMA) programme funded by PANCAP and its partner, the German Development Bank (KfW).

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Assessment of the Availability of SRH Data St Vincent

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The total population of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2001 was 106,253 with a urban rural ratio of 60:40. Women represented 49% to male 51% of the population.  In the year 2005 there were 26,966 women in the child- bearing age group (15 – 49), approximately 27% of the population.

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2008 Caribbean Population Awards “Population & Development” Highlights

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The Organization of Indigenous People of Suriname copped the top prize in the inaugural non-media category of the ninth staging of the United Nation’s Population Awards, for its efforts in monitoring the treatment of the Suriname indigenous community. 

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Assessment of available SRH Data in the Caribbean St Lucia

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The meaning and definition of sexual and reproductive health has evolved throughout the years. Today it is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes. 

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2008 Caribbean Population Awards “Population & Development” HIGHLIGHTS

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The much anticipated and newly rebranded UNFPA Caribbean Population Awards was held at the Torrarica Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname on Friday, November 28, 2008.

 

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Assessment of the Availability of SRH Data St Vincent

Annual Report

The total population of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2001 was 106,253 with a urban rural ratio of 60:401. Women represented 49% to male 51% of the population2.  In the year 2005 there were 26,966 women in the child- bearing age group (15 – 49), approximately 27% of the population3.

 

 

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2008 HIV/AIDS Knowledge Attitudes and Behavior Survey, Jamaica

Annual Report

The Caribbean is second only to sub-Saharan Africa in HIV & AIDS prevalence. Jamaica, the largest island in the English speaking Caribbean island has however been relentless in its efforts to stem the spread of the disease and in 2007 estimated that approximately 1.3% of the adult Jamaican population was infected with two-thirds being unaware of their status. Behavioural surveillance is part of the Ministry of Health’s ongoing efforts. This report documents the results of the 2008 National Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior and Practices (KABP) survey conducted among adults 15-49 years in the general public. This survey is conducted every 3-4 years as part of the behavioural surveillance conducted for HIV/AIDS in Jamaica in which global and country specific behavioural indicators and intervention efforts are monitored. This 2008 survey was commissioned under the Caribbean Social Marketing Programme for HIV & AIDS Prevention (CARISMA) programme funded by PANCAP and its partner, the German Development Bank (KfW).

 

 

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Strategic Framework for Safe Motherhood

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In Latin America and the Caribbean, maternal mortality has stagnated at approximately 190 per 100,000 live births with inter and intra-country disparities.  This occurs in an environment where an average 75%-80% of deliveries are attended by a skilled person implying poor access to or ineffective care (26th Pan American Sanitary Conference, 2002; Regional Interagency Task Force for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality).  Cost-effective interventions for the reduction of the incidence and severity of complications associated with pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period are known.  Research and experience in maternal health for more than a decade have demonstrated this and that the interventions are feasible even in poor countries. Such interventions are a supportive policy environment, basic and comprehensive Essential Obstetric Care (EOC), skilled attendance at birth, improved access to high quality maternal health services, safe motherhood health promotion, the monitoring and evaluation of progress and establishment of multi-sectoral linkages (26th Pan American Sanitary Conference, 2002). 

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