Caribbean Certification Ceremony

ATTENTION: PANCAP Members and Partners

Do not miss the certification ceremony on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. (Kingston time) /10:00 a.m. (Washington D.C. time or EDT), celebrating the achievement of eliminating mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and Syphilis in Belize, Jamaica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

To honor and celebrate this remarkable milestone, PAHO, in partnership with UNICEF and UNAIDS, is hosting a prestigious high-level ceremony. This event not only recognizes the extraordinary efforts of these countries but also serves to champion the ongoing commitment to the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission (EMTCT) Plus initiative within the wider elimination agenda framework.

Join us as we celebrate progress, achievements, and the vision of a healthier, brighter future for the Caribbean region.


In September 2010, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Member States unanimously approved the Strategy and Plan of Action for the Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis in our region.

Following the approval of the PAHO Strategy and action Plan for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child transmission of HIV and Syphilis, Caribbean countries and territories commenced the implementation of interventions to strengthen the primary prevention and treatment services for HIV and Syphilis within the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services, an ongoing process. The overall aim of the scale-up of services was to advance to EMTCT certification, ensuring a generation free of HIV and Syphilis.

After years of bolstering primary prevention and treatment services within, Belize in 2023, and Jamaica along with St. Vincent and the Grenadines, attained WHO certification for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in early 2024.

Save the Date!

Tuesday, 7 May 2024

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am (time in Jamaica) / 10:00 – 11:30 am (time in Washington DC) [check the local time in other cities below]

Languages: English


Time in other cities: 

  • 7:00 a.m. – Los Angeles, Vancouver.
  • 8:00 a.m. –  Belmopan, Guatemala City, Managua, Mexico City, San Jose (CR), San Salvador,  Tegucigalpa,
  • 9:00 a.m. – Bogota, Kingston, Lima, Panama City,  Quito
  • 10:00 a.m.  – Kingstown, Bridgetown, Caracas, Georgetown, Havana, La Paz, Port of Spain, Port-au-Prince, Nassau, Ottawa, Santiago, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Washington D.C.
  • 11: 00 a.m. –  Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Montevideo, Paramaribo.
  • 4:00 p.m. – Geneva, Madrid

For other cities, check the local time using the following link.