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Scotiabank Hosts Regional HIV Testing Day at Sunny Isle and Havensight

Scotiabank in partnership with the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership (CBMP) hosts Regional HIV Testing Day 2012 at Scotiabank branches in the U.S.V.I. and in countries across the Caribbean.
“Scotiabank is pleased to partner with CBMP and the Department of Health to help heighten public interest in and awareness of HIV testing,” said Sadie Clendinen, marketing manager, U.S.V.I. “Supporting the growing program is part of our ongoing commitment to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS in the communities where we work and live, and aligns with Scotiabank’s global strategy on HIV/AIDS.”
Select Scotiabank branches in 16 countries in the region are hosting the free clinics. The clinics in the Virgin Islands will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 29, at the Havensight, St. Thomas and Sunny Isle, St. Croix branches, where trained personnel from the local Department of Health will be on site to conduct free testing clinics and provide counseling services for individuals who are tested.
"I congratulate Caribbean media for their committed coverage of this HIV prevention initiative now in its fifth year,” said Dr. Allyson Leacock, Ph.D., executive director, CBMP on HIV/AIDS. “This unique collaboration, conceived by the CBMP with media mounting a month-long campaign; the exemplary support from the private-sector in Scotiabank offering its locations as some of the testing sites; and the delivery of the technical expertise of voluntary counseling and testing by the public sector through ministries and Departments of Health, mobilized by PANCAP, is a model of the power of partnership in the response to HIV in our region."
Approximately 10,000 people from 21 Caribbean countries are expected to be tested during this year’s campaign. Regional Testing Day has expanded from its pilot program five years ago. In 2008, the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership (CBMP) on HIV/AIDS and Scotiabank in collaboration with regional Ministries of Health piloted the Caribbean’s first Regional HIV Testing Day in Barbados. In 2011, more than 10,000 people from 20 countries across the Caribbean were tested for HIV at Scotiabank branches and other locations.
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $45 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit Scotiabank at www.scotiabank.com.

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