Dear Visitors to the TCHARI Web site and Research Information Repository:
It is our pleasure, as the Founding Members of the Trans-Caribbean HIV/AIDS Research Initiative (TCHARI), to welcome you to the TCHARI Web site and Research Information Repository. For us, launching this Web site and Research Information Repository is a dream come true and an important new step toward the integration of HIV/AIDS research in the Caribbean.
This initiative was born of the need for the Caribbean to develop a cohesive HIV/AIDS research agenda that would address the special issues of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS epidemic and chart the future for HIV/AIDS research in the region. This need was identified at several meetings in the Caribbean in recent years and was most clearly articulated at the March 2004 conference, “A Multicultural Caribbean United Against HIV/AIDS,” held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At that time, many of you requested that a more permanent mechanism be developed to move this multicultural, inclusive, and collaborative process forward. We are pleased to advise that we have defined such a mechanism: TCHARI.
We believe that the absence of a mechanism for coordinating HIV/AIDS research in the region has hindered the development of high-quality, comprehensive, and relevant HIV/AIDS research. We aim to change this through TCHARI.
What we have sought to do in developing the TCHARI Web site and Research Information Repository is to highlight the similarities and differences of the people of the Caribbean, living in the reality of our multicultural Caribbean united against HIV/AIDS. In addition, in conceptualizing the site, our objective is to address the unique and unmet HIV/AIDS research information needs of the Caribbean.
With the initiation of the TCHARI Web site and Research Information Repository, stimulation of research on HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean and increased research collaboration can be achieved through the following elements.
- Up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS research activities and opportunities in the Caribbean
- Connection with HIV/AIDS agencies in the Caribbean through hyper-linking
- Opportunities to meet and interact with physicians, care providers, researchers, and other professionals working in the area of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean
- General information on HIV/AIDS-related activities taking place in the Caribbean region provided through Web site linkages
- Career development of young HIV/AIDS research scientists in the region
Through TCHARI, we intend to demonstrate our commitment to collaboration with research partners in the entire Caribbean, in all language groups. In particular, we will facilitate innovative and relevant collaborative studies at multiple sites across countries.
We would like to thank all those whose generous commitment of time, energy, intellect, support, and tremendous encouragement over the years has made this initiative possible.
Thank you for visiting our Web site. We invite you to consider working with us to advance this worthwhile and noble cause.
Trans-Caribbean HIV/AIDS Research Initiative
Your Partners in Caribbean HIV/AIDS Research