The Mount Sinai team is currently working with the National AIDS Programme Secretariat to conduct research that will enhance service delivery.
In July 2022, President Irfaan Ali announced that the Government would be working with the Mount Sinai Health System to develop high quality primary care, specialized services in cardiology and oncology, and holistically improve the health sector.
As part of this collaboration, the Mount Sinai team is also conducting research with the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS) to enhance services offered.
The Mount Sinai Health System is one of the best and largest academic medical systems in New York, with more than 43,000 employees working on comprehensive health care solutions across a wide range of medical fields.
The full team of experts from Mount Sinai includes more than 40 individuals from the Mount Sinai Health System, including Mount Sinai International and the Arnold Institute of Global Health, arms of Mount Sinai.
NAPS Programme Manager Dr Tariq Jagnarine says, “The Mount Sinai team definitely is working with a lot of departments. For us, they’re helping with research areas and capacity building.
“Some research we’re embarking on will be shared with the public as soon as they’re completed; client satisfaction service, micro-biological studies and co-infections with HIV.”
Meanwhile, Dr Jagnarine says NAPS is also working to address gaps in adolescent sex education.
“To address those gaps we’ve been going into schools; we have a school programme. Even for CPCE, we’ve been trying to teach teachers within the Cyril Potter College so they can now take that information back to students.”
He stated that the 15 to 24 age group is where HIV is most prevalent and that these persons exhibit the riskiest sexual behaviours. This is why comprehensive sex education is vital in this area.