Chronic Disease Assistance Programme

The National Health Card is a new, improved way for you to access the medication through the Chronic Disease Assistance Programme (CDAP). CDAP provides citizens and legal residents of Trinidad and Tobago with FREE prescription drugs and other pharmaceutical items to combat the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Cardiac Diseases
  • Arthritis
  • Glaucoma
  • Mental Depression
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • High Cholesterol

CDAP is available to citizens and legal residents of Trinidad and Tobago. To register, you must have a prescription and a valid Photo ID. The National Heath Card will make it easier for you to collect the drugs or other items available from the programme. Click here for more information. [Link to Ministry of Health information:

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National Oncology Programme

Cancer care and treatment is provided free of charge to citizens and legal residents of Trinidad and Tobago by the National Oncology Programme. The range of services and treatments available is best discussed with your doctor or the staff at one of the nation’s specialist Oncology centres.

Diabetes Blood Glucose Meters and Testing Strips

Checking blood glucose levels is an important part of managing diabetes. Under CDAP, the Ministry of Health provides free blood glucose meters and testing strips to insulin-using diabetics registered with the programme. These devices allow you to monitor your blood glucose levels twice daily (or as instructed by your doctor) to check how effectively your diabetes is being controlled.

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HIV/AIDS Programme

The Ministry of Health is committed to reducing the incidence of HIV infections in Trinidad and Tobago, and helping those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS to manage the disease and minimize its impact on their lives.

This commitment includes providing free access to a broad range of services and treatments for those who are affected by the disease or at risk of infection. The HIV/AIDS Coordinating Unit is responsible for managing the delivery of these services.

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