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PANCAP Convenes Governance Meetings in Guyana

The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will convene the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Executive Board and the Twelfth Meeting of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism for Global Fund Projects on 7 – 8 September 2016 at the CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Guyana. Senator the Honourable Mary Isaac, Minister for Health and Wellness of Saint Lucia will chair these meetings. The Chair will be supported by Dr Donald Simeon, Deputy Chair and Mr Dereck Springer, Director of the PANCAP Coordinating Unit.


The Executive Board will discuss how to sustain PANCAP within an environment of declining resources, receive and discuss updates on: Opportunities and Challenges for Treatment and Care for All; Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission and Congenital Syphilis; Status of the Zero Discrimination targets; New projects – Local Capacity Initiative and Knowledge for Health, Financial Report; and CARICOM Youth Ambassadors’ Report. This meeting will also receive a report from the Priority Areas Coordinating Committee, the technical body of the Executive Board, and discuss and agree on policy recommendations that will be presented to the Thirtieth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – Health, which will be convened on 23-25 September 2016 in Washington D.C.   The meeting of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) for the Global Fund Projects will receive updates on: Global Fund Board’s approval of the PANCAP and CVC-COIN grants; the RCM Restructuring to ensure compliance with the new Global Fund RCM Requirements; Proposal for co-location of the independent RCM Secretariat with a civil society organisation. The RCM will also review and endorse the revised governance documents.


Participants will include representatives from eight national governments, civil society organisations leaders of key population groups, regional agencies, CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, faith-based organisations, private sector and development partners.


PANCAP is a Caribbean regional partnership of governments, regional civil society organisations, regional institutions and organisations, bilateral and multilateral agencies and contributing donor partners which was established on 14 February 2001. PANCAP provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, coordinates the response through the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS to maximise efficient use of resources and increase impact, mobilises resources and build capacity of partners.

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