JN+ History

We are a network of people who come from all walks of life – students, teachers, farmers, chefs, knitters, maintenance workers, counselors, entrepreneurs, and many more. We aspire, dream and support ourselves for a better tomorrow.

The Network began in 1996 following the first regional meeting of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Trinidad. This meeting was sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW). In 1997, JN+ was publicly launched with support from the National HIV/STD Control and Prevention Programme (NHCP) and the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC). To date, activities have been conducted through support from the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ), United Nations Volunteers GIPA Project, the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), UNAIDS, Ministry of Health - National HIV/STI Programme, Jamaica Red Cross, National Association of Persons with HIV and AIDS (U.S.), the Caribbean Regional Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS (CRN+), Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL), the Latin American and Caribbean Council of AIDS Service Organisations (LACCASO), and others.

Vision

Persons living with HIV and AIDS accepted and recognised as full members of society.

Mission Statement

To advocate for the rights and concerns of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, through partnership, empowerment and resource mobilisation.

Objectives

To ensure improvement in the quality of life of PLHIV through counseling, training, education, nutrition and access to care and treatment.

To reduce stigma and discrimination and positively influence the perception of the wider society at all levels about people living with HIV and AIDS.

To disseminate information on health care services and support so that members can make appropriate decisions, access necessary medical and psycho-social care and adherence to treatment.

Organisational Structure

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association, accountable to the General Meeting and responsible for implementing the broad policy of the association. The Board is comprised of the Officers and the Chairpersons of the Technical and Advisory Committees. 

Board of Directors positions:

  • President
  • Western Regional Vice President
  • North/East Regional Vice President
  • South/East Regional Vice President
  • Southern Regional Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Youth Representative
  • Care and Treatment Technical Committee Chairperson
  • Membership Technical Committee Chairperson
  • Programme Technical Committee Chairperson
  • Finance and Fundraising Committee Chairperson

The Secretariat

The secretariat is the administrative arm of the network typically handled by a Programme Coordinator and includes an Advocacy Officer, Accounting Officer and a reporting and Redress Field Officer, Permanent staff through the Ministry of Health. Positions are filled as funds are available.

JN+ is currently managed by one permanent administrator through the Ministry of Health.



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