Chairman of the Caribbean
Community's (CARICOM) Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD), and
Minister of Health, Sports and Youth Affairs, of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. John
Maginley, acknowledged and thanked Brazil for its leadership role in social
issues in this Hemisphere.
Minister Maginley was speaking on the first of a five-day mission by the Pan
Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) to examine Brazil's response to
the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to explore areas of technical cooperation between the
CARICOM-led PANCAP and the South American country, in the prevention and control
Brazil is highly regarded as a model in the fight against HIV/AIDS, recording
among many other achievements, a 70 per cent reduction in AIDS-related deaths.
The Minister noted the tremendous importance of the mission to the people of
CARICOM, which he said, "was demonstrated in part by the composition and
size of [the] delegation. " CARICOM is keen on collaborating with Brazil in
several areas, …we are indeed impressed by the levels of investment in health
by the combination of Federal, State, and Municipal Authorities," he also
Speaking on behalf of CARICOM/PANCAP, the Minister noted that the mission
would be the beginning of "structured and strengthened relations on these
issues of importance to our countries."
CARICOM currently cooperates with Brazil at a technical level on issues
relating to HIV/AIDS, and several Member States enjoy formal relations with that
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