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SCLAN appoints new executive director


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Jacqueline Dragone

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jan 30, CMC – The Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) Wednesday announced the appointment of Jacqueline Dragone as its new executive director, saying she will be responsible for securing funding opportunities in the areas of HIV, gender -based violence, teenage pregnancy and cervical cancer.

SCLAN said that the international development professional with a career spanning the non-profit and international organization sectors, will assume her new role on March 1.

“Ms. Dragone will be responsible for leading the Coordinating Mechanism beginning with the implementation of the project activities under the Gilead Sciences Inc. grant funding for the two demonstration projects geared towards supporting and rolling out PrEP in Belize and Guyana,” SCLAN said in a statement.

It said that she specializes in the fields of public health, sustainable development, project management and resource mobilization and SCLAN chair, Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow, the wife of the Belize prime minister said “we are excited to have her on board and look forward to a very successful initiative.”

The creation of SCLAN as a non-governmental organization was endorsed by CARICOM leaders at their Inter-Sessional Meeting in Guyana in February 2017.

SCLAN’s mission is a Caribbean free from HIV, gender-based violence, teenage pregnancy and cervical cancer, with long term goals set forth by the global community including former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Every Woman, Every Child Global Initiative and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030).

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