CARICOM seeks support for women, adolescent girls and children : South Florida Caribbean News

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris had the ear of  former U.S. President Bill Clinton today (July 24th, 2017) at a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) event in New York City.

There, the Honourable Prime Minister engaged President Clinton and led the meeting participants in a meaningful discussion aimed at further promoting and safeguarding the sexual and reproductive health of women, adolescent girls and children in the Caribbean.

Prime Minister Harris – in his capacity as CARICOM’s Lead Head on Human Resources, Health and HIV/AIDS – addressed the prominent gathering of leaders from across related sectors, saying: “The evidence, as you shall see, is a stark reminder of the challenges we face.”

The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis said that, “35% of women in Latin America and the Caribbean encounter sexual violence; cervical cancer accounts for 13% of all cancers and 10% of all deaths among Caribbean women; 19% of young women become pregnant before they reach 18 years old, and a considerable number of adolescent girls are giving birth before the age of 15 years old.”

Prime Minister Harris asserted this afternoon that, “Gloomy as the above situation may appear, all is not lost.  There is hope – hope that the region could be the first to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis.”

Dr. Harris explained that, “Cuba has been the first country in the world to be so certified by the World Health Organization (WHO).  As many as eight CARICOM countries are in close range of being certified, with St. Kitts and…

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