The Caribbean Social Marketing Project for HIV & AIDS Prevention and Reproductive Health Promotion
Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Suriname, Jamaica and East Caribbean including Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Dominica; Grenada; St Kitts and Nevis; St Maarten; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago
In the Caribbean, Options is managing the KfW/PANCAP regional social marketing programme for HIV & AIDS Prevention and Reproductive Health Promotion (CARISMA), 2005–2012.
The overall objective of the CARISMA project is to improve the status of sexual and reproductive health in general and, more specifically, to reduce the rate of STI and HIV infection rates, in selected countries of the Caribbean region. The project objectives are:
- Improve the supply of affordable high quality contraceptive
- Improvements on key behavioural determinants related to safer behaviour
- Improved behaviours among target groups with regards to HIV prevention
- Decrease barriers to the use and uptake of contraceptives.
The project is also designed to make an important contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (3, 4, 5 and 6): combating HIV & AIDS, empowering women, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.
During the first phase of the CARISMA project, five social marketing programmes (Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Belize and regional activities in ten Eastern Caribbean States) received financial and technical support. Funds were used to support expanded social marketing operations, address critical funding gaps and generate high quality research.
To learn more about CARISMA, visit the website at www.carisma-pancap.org
Taking Action Against HIV and AIDS in the UK Overseas Territories, Caribbean and the South Atlantic
Bermuda, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Turks & Caicos Islands
St. Helena, Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, Falkland Islands
In the Caribbean and South Atlantic, Options managed the DFID-funded programme, 2008–2012, of support to the national AIDS programmes to strengthen their capacity to support the planning and management of interventions and responses to take action against HIV and AIDS. Options supported the planning and identification of needs-based short-term technical assistance, tailored to address local and regional HIV and AIDS issues and manage appropriate interventions.