The Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will hold its third Annual Meeting of National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers and Key Partners in Trinidad and Tobago, at the Hyatt Hotel, on 28-30 October 2015. Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Health, Hon. Mr. Terrence Deyalsingh will open the meeting.
Under the chairmanship of Mr. Dereck Springer, PANCAP Coordinating Unit Director, this third meeting is expected to arrive at a consensus position on HIV prevention, zero discrimination, 90-90-90 targets and EMTCT validation to achieving the regional targets for 2020 and 2030: Rio Forum Call to Action.
Other expected outcomes include: greater understanding of the current regional, global HIV response progress, country priorities, financing of the response, including identifying gaps; as well as increased understanding of the new strategic directions for ending the AIDS epidemic and the role of NAP managers in engaging CSOs and development partners, at the national level.
Endorsement of the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework (CRSF )M&E Framework and its alignment to Regional 2020 and 2030 targets and Rio Call to Action, as well as the overall focus of the PANCAP and the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition-Centre of Orientacion and Integrated Investigacion (CVC-COIN) proposed Global Fund grant programmes are also anticipated outcomes.
It is expected that consensus on funding gaps and resource mobilisation strategies for sustaining the response in countries and at regional level will be achieved, and in this context the meeting will consider documentation of available resources from bi- and multilateral international development partners (IDPs) and agencies in the region.
In light of the expected outcomes, programme managers and partners will be updated on national and regional commitments, progress on current global strategies, new guidelines, as well as innovative ways to strengthen the regional response. They will share best practices; peer learning and technical cooperation among countries to strengthen ownership; improve harmonisation and sustainability of the Caribbean HIV response.
Updates on the PANCAP/Global Fund Round 9 Grant’s achievements, good practices and sustainability efforts to benefit country programmes will be provided. So too is the opportunity to solicit participants’ inputs into the development of PANCAP’s and the CVC-COIN’s Concept Notes for the Global Fund, including endorsement of their overall focus.
Approximately seventy participants including National AIDS Programme Managers, selected Chief Medical Officers, development partners and selected implementing partners, civil society organisations will attend this meeting.
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.