Panos Caribbean’s 25th Anniversary Focus: Health Communication

Andrea Downer - As Panos continues its year-long observation of it’s 25th anniversary celebrations, the organisation kicked off its three-month focus on Health Communication with the launch of a short video on the experiences and challenges of Jamaican Sex Workers. The release of the video which was produced by Carol Francis of Jamaica News Network coincided with the global annual observation of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2011.

This video, which was developed under a media fellowship, is based on the publication, “Oral Testimony of Jamaican Sex Workers” which was published by Panos Caribbean in November 2010.

Panos Caribbean kicked off it’s year-long 25th anniversary celebrations in June 2011 with a three month focus on our environment programme. (June – August 2011). From September – November the focus was on Children and Youth. The year-long observation will culminate with a focus on our Gender programme from March – May 2012.

Through our Health Communication programme and project activities, Panos Caribbean works to support participatory, inclusive and transparent decision-making on health at the national and regional levels.

In order to tackle the epidemic and guide the organization’s response, Panos Caribbean has developed a regional Health Communication programme within the scope of the Panos Global AIDS Programme (GAP).  Our Health Communication Programme includes all areas of public health with special focus on HIV&AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The Panos Global AIDS Programme (GAP), is a thematic programme across the network of eight autonomous Panos Institutes.

Over the next few years Panos Caribbean will continue to work to improve awareness, increase debate and spark action on public health issues by;

  1. Building the communication capacity of people living with HIV, youth and other groups affected by HIV & AIDS and Tuberculosis;
  2. Strengthening the capacity in the Caribbean media to encourage public dialogue and debate around health issues;
  3. Making policy makers and decision makers accountable to the priorities of the most affected;
  4. Providing stakeholders from grassroots to the global level with factual, relevant information on Public Health issues which reflect the perspectives of youth and other people directly affected by HIV & AIDS in the region.

Since its inception in 1985, Panos Caribbean has facilitated the creation of 16 journalism groups in the Caribbean in Haiti, Jamaica and more recently in St. Lucia.

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