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Belize Red Cross to host Regional Meeting

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Press Release-Belize Red Cross- May 13th

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The Belize Red Cross Society is pleased to announce it will be hosting the 2014 Annual Caribbean HIV AIDS Program (CHAP) Regional Exchange Meeting during the week of March 17th to 21st 2014. The CHAP Program is an initiative, funded by the American Red Cross that looks at addressing prevention, education and organizational capacity strengthening in the area of HIV/AIDS. It also focuses on addressing stigma and discrimination against persons infected and affected by the disease.

Some forty Red Cross National Society Delegates from Caribbean territories of Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas and Belize will be attending the one week meeting at the River Hall of the Best Western Belize Biltmore Hotel on the Phillip Goldson Highway.

Facilitating the CHAP meeting will be a six member delegation of the American Red Cross which supports the Caribbean regional project.

Belize Red Cross has been contributing to the fight against HIV & AIDS through work in the fields of prevention and anti-stigma and discrimination since 2004. The participating Red Cross National Societies implement components of the program that include, prevention and education, systems strengthening and mitigation efforts on HIV AIDS.

The aim of the CHAP Regional meeting is to promote opportunities to share progress, challenges, lessons learned, good practices and creative material developed in HIV program implementation in the region.

The CHAP also seeks to provide opportunities for National Societies to learn new information and develop new skills around various components of Resilience Programming, with an emphasis on livelihoods and assessment and engagement strategies for Most at Risk Populations.

Official ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday March 17th, 2014

For more information please call Communications Officer, Rodel Beltran Perera @ 227-3319/3617 or 610-5269

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