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PANCAP HOSTS MEETING OF YOUTH TO DISCUSS ENDING AIDS BY 2030

 

-       Youth Leaders to formulate and agree on framework for regional youth advocacy

 

Dr Astell Collins PANCAP Youth Advisor

 

Thursday, April 13, 2017 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. 

 

The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and regional response to HIV and AIDS; participants will also be involved in formulating and agreeing on a framework for regional youth advocacy.

 

Senator the Hon. Robert T.L.V. Browne, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Chair of the Executive of Board of PANCAP will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony on Friday, April 21.

 

The participating countries include Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, The Commonwealth of Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands.    

 

The event will facilitate in-depth discussions about sexual health issues affecting young people and the barriers to accessing sexual health services.  The meeting will also seek to identify what knowledge and tools they require to protect themselves from HIV.  

 

The meeting will also provide an update on the new strategic directions required for ending the AIDS epidemic.  Youths will discuss their role in the national and regional response and agree on the key elements of a framework for regional youth advocacy.

 

PANCAP Youth Advisor, Dr Astell Collins (Hon), explained that the meeting will be pivotal for creating a strategy for youth leaders to implement in responding to the range of challenges facing young people with regard to sexual health and HIV and AIDS.   

 

'Young people, especially among key populations (KPs), in the Caribbean are disproportionately at risk of HIV infection’, stated Dr. Collins, ‘they face greater barriers to accessing prevention services. HIV prevalence remains high among key populations such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, and young people.

At the same time challenges regarding stigma and discrimination, violations of human rights and gender-based violence continue to hinder access to services for young people in general.  Hence, there is a need to work more systematically with young people belonging to KPs who experience greater challenges in accessing sexual and reproductive health services’.

 

Youth leaders from each of the KPs will be represented at the meeting.   

The meeting, which is funded by the Global Fund and PAHO, forms part of a wider intervention programme created by PANCAP for Youth Advocacy.  The programme also includes youth advocacy training, facilitating youth leaders’ participation in high-level meetings to influence policy decisions affecting youth and the development of a regional youth advocacy network.       

The Meeting of Youth Leaders, the first of these initiatives to be implemented, will be held annually for the next three years.   

The PANCAP Coordinating Unit will provide a ‘LIVE’ stream of the opening ceremony and other key presentations and activities on Friday, April 21 via the PANCAP Facebook page.                

 

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What is PANCAP?

 

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.

 

Contact:

Timothy Austin

Communications Specialist

PANCAP Coordinating Unit

CARICOM Secretariat

Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana

Email:      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel:           (592) 222-0001-75, Ext. 3409

Visit www.PANCAP.org 

 

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‘Strengthening the Regional HIV Response’ is the focus of Fifth Meeting of National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers and Key Partners’  

 

-       NAP Managers to assess progress of achieving 90-90-90 targets and identify gaps and challenges

 

Monday, March 6, 2017 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host over 70 NAP managers, selected chief medical officers and permanent secretaries, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, and partners from across the Region for the Fifth Meeting of NAP Managers and key partners at the Office of the Parliament, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago from 6 – 10 March, 2017.  The forum will focus on strengthening the regional HIV and AIDS response.   The meeting is funded by the Global Fund and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).   

 

According to Director of the PANCAP Coordinating Unit, Dereck Springer, the meeting is occurring at an ideal time when the entire region is discussing the sustainability of the HIV and AIDS response in the Caribbean and it offers an opportunity to assess progress on current global strategies, and identify innovative ways to address gaps and strengthen the Caribbean regional HIV response.    

 

‘I am pleased that the discussions will focus on identifying what gaps and challenges remain in the Region’s response to HIV and AIDS as prevention is high on the list of critical initiatives which must be resuscitated and sustained,’ stated the Director, ‘most pivotal to the discussion will be the next steps and recommendations for bridging these gaps.  These next steps are of particular importance when one considers the regional challenge of reduced funding for HIV and AIDS programmes as well as the region-wide discussion on the need for Government supported programmes to fill the gaps which remain’.

 

The discussions with NAP managers and key partners will be conducted within the context of the Caribbean’s advancement in achieving the 90-90-90 targets with the overarching aim being an agreement on recommendations, which NAP managers and pivotal stakeholders can advocate at the level of policy implementation.

 

An update from development and regional partners, including The Global Fund, PEPFAR, UNAIDS, CARPHA, the University of the West Indies, Caribbean Med Lab Foundation and ‘Live Up’ on current and planned initiatives for the Caribbean region, including progress and support provided by development partners for countries and regional partners, is another feature of the agenda.  There will also be an update on the PANCAP Local Capacity Initiative Project and the PANCAP-Johns Hopkins University Knowledge for Health Project.

 

‘I encourage all NAP managers and civil society partners to utilize the forum to formulate strategic next steps for strengthening the regional HIV and AIDS response,’ stated Mr. Springer, ‘the ideal outcome from the forum will be an agreement on policy recommendations and strategies for assisting countries to operationalize their responses to achieve the global and regional targets’.     

       

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What is PANCAP?

 

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.

 

Contact:

Timothy Austin

Communications Specialist

PANCAP Coordinating Unit

CARICOM Secretariat

Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana

Email:      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel:           (592) 222-0001-75, Ext. 3409

Website:  www.pancap.org

 

Editor’s Notes

 

Background to the National AIDS Programme Managers and Key Partners Meeting

 

The Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework (CRSF) 2014-2018 articulates the vision and collective priorities of Caribbean states through their membership in the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP). The core premise is that stemming the HIV epidemic in the Caribbean rests on the commitment, capacity and leadership of national authorities and effective response. The primary goal of regional collaborative efforts is to support country responses by addressing common challenges in the areas of evidence based policy formulation, and innovative responses  to  addressing legislative gaps, resource mobilisation, coordination and technical assistance., An effective regional response, guided by the CRSF 2014-2018,therefore  requires that the links and interfaces between country programmes  and regional support programmes be defined and agreed to by country partners. This is critical for strengthening country ownership of the PANCAP response and a shared responsibility to strategically align efforts to end HIV as a public health problem in the Caribbean. .

 

The NAP (National AIDS Program) Managers and Key Partners Meeting provides an opportunity for joint decision-making in setting programmatic priorities and identifying partner contributions in order to strategically align efforts in the fight against HIV. The Meeting Agenda is intended to allow for in-depth analysis and discussion on the relevant aspects of the UN Post 2015 Agenda, and the overall advancements of the Caribbean Region in implementing new initiatives for HIV. It is within this context that opportunities and challenges for the Region and individual countries to expand the national responses will be discussed. PANCAP acknowledges the need for greater attention to inter- country linkages and greater collaboration with regional partners. This will serve to maximise synergies, and provide a mechanism for making regional public goods available to national programmes to enhance their delivery and impact.

 

What are the 90-90-90 targets? 

 

-       By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.

-       By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.

-       By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression)

 

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PANCAP KNOWLEDGE FOR HEALTH PROJECT TO ENHANCE KNOWLEDGE GENERATION, SHARING AND LEARNING AMONG PANCAP MEMBERS

 

- New Project will enhance PANCAP's response to WHO 'Test and Start' Guidelines

 

Monday, October 17, 2016, GEORGETOWN GUYANA: The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV&AIDS, PANCAP, has formed a partnership with the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project to significantly enhance the capacity of the PANCAP Coordinating Unit (PCU) and to aid all PANCAP members in knowledge generation and sharing with regard to the new World Health Organization (WHO) 'Test and Start' guidelines.

 

The K4Health Project, based in Baltimore, United States, is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health, Office of Population and Reproductive Health and implemented by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP).

According to Director of PANCAP, Dereck Springer, the new partnership will transform the way in which knowledge management and sharing is done among the PANCAP member countries with particular regard to the new WHO guidelines for HIV/AIDS treatment eligibility.

 

'Study evidence shows that the earlier persons living with HIV start antiretroviral treatment, they have better health outcomes,' stated the PANCAP Director, 'however to achieve this paradigm shift, the resources required for diagnostics and treatment, staff education, and clear and consistent public messaging about the benefits of Test and Start, must be understood by health and other key decision makers.

 

The K4Health Project will assist with packaging and sharing vital information necessary for PANCAP members to begin the process of educating health care workers and the public about commencing treatment immediately after a HIV positive diagnosis'.

 

According to Knowledge Management Advisor, K4Health Project, Sarah Fohl, 'our goal is to bring PANCAP partners together to share best practices and improve access to information that is vital to HIV testing and early treatment in concise, well-packaged communication products that can be easily accessed and utilized by policy makers, health care professionals, civil society organizations, and all entities involved in the eradication of the virus'.

 

The K4Health Project will conduct a number of other initiatives including knowledge sharing events and workshops for PANCAP members which are designed to increase learning opportunities and exchange of best practices throughout the Caribbean region related to the implementation of the new early treatment guidelines.

 

The Knowledge Management Advisor further explained that K4Health will be instrumental in revamping and relaunching the PANCAP website with fact sheets, policy documents, brochures, and other communication products which will concisely illustrate the importance of commencing early HIV treatment after a positive diagnosis as well as other issues related to addressing stigma and discrimination'.

 

'Our overarching aim is to support the PANCAP Coordinating Unit's mandate to demonstrate PANCAP's value in contributing to a regional HIV response,' stated Ms. Fohl, ' we believe that through enhanced knowledge generation, sharing, and learning among PANCAP members, we can effectively support the scale up of "Test and Start" in the Caribbean Region'.

 

WHAT IS PANCAP?

 

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.

Knowledge for Health (K4Health).

 

The mission of the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project is to improve family planning and reproductive health services in low- and middle-income countries. We are working to change the way family planning knowledge is accessed, shared, and used.
For more information visit www.pancap.org and www.k4health.org

 

Contact:
Timothy Austin
Communications Specialist
PANCAP Coordinating Unit | Knowledge for Health (K4Health)
CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen
Tel: (592) 222-0001-75, Extension 3409| Email: taustin.consultant@caricom.org
Fax: (592) 222-0203 | www.pancap.org

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K4HEALTH PROGRAM TO ENHANCE KNOWLEDGE CREATION, SHARING & LEARNING WITHIN PANCAP

 

-          New Project will enhance PANCAP’s response to new ‘Test and Start’ Guidelines

 

K4Health

 

Thursday, September 8, 2016, GEORGETOWN GUYANA: The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV&AIDS, PANCAP, has formed a partnership with the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Program to significantly enhance the capacity of the PANCAP Coordinating Unit (PCU) and to aid all PANCAP members in knowledge generation and sharing with regard to the new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for ‘Test and Start’.

The K4Health Project, based in Baltimore, United States, is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health, Office of Population and Reproductive Health and implemented by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP).

 

According to Director of PANCAP, Dereck Springer, the new partnership will transform the way in which knowledge management and sharing is done among the PANCAP member countries with particular regard to the new WHO guidelines for HIV/AIDS treatment eligibility.

 

‘HIV positive persons are living longer and healthier lives when treatment is administered from the point of diagnosis,’ stated the PANCAP Director, ‘but we must consider the significant changes that must occur within health care systems and HIV/AIDS health support entities if HIV positive people require treatment right after diagnosis rather than when their viral load becomes high. This requires a large public education initiative and training for health care workers. The K4Health Project will assist with packaging and sharing vital information necessary for PANCAP members to begin the process of educating health care workers and the public about commencing treatment immediately after a HIV positive diagnosis’.

According to Knowledge Management Advisor, K4Health Project, Sarah Fohl, ‘our goal is to present information that is vital to HIV testing and early treatment in concise, well-packaged communication products that can be easily accessed and utilized by policy makers, health care professionals, civil society organizations, and all entities involved in the eradication of the virus’.

 

The Knowledge Management Advisor explained that the new partnership between the two entities will help to enhance the availability and access to vital information regarding the new treatment eligibility. ‘For example, K4Health will be instrumental in revamping and relaunching the PANCAP website with fact sheets, policy documents, brochures, and other communication products which will concisely illustrate the importance of commencing early HIV treatment after a positive diagnosis as well as other issues related to advocacy around stigma and discrimination’.

 

The K4Health Project will conduct a number of other initiatives including knowledge sharing events and workshops for PANCAP members which are designed to increase learning opportunities and exchange of best practices throughout the Caribbean region related to the implementation of the new early treatment guidelines.

 

‘Our overarching aim is to support the PANCAP Coordinating Unit’s mandate to demonstrate PANCAP’s value in contributing to a regional HIV response,’ stated Ms. Fohl, ‘ we believe that through enhanced knowledge generation, sharing, and learning among PANCAP members, we can effectively support the scale up of “Test and Start” in the Caribbean Region’.

 

WHAT IS PANCAP?

 

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.

 

Knowledge for Health (K4Health)

 

The mission of the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project is to improve family planning and reproductive health services in low- and middle-income countries. We are working to change the way family planning knowledge is accessed, shared, and used.

For more information visit www.k4health.org

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Contact:

Timothy Austin

Communications Specialist

PANCAP Coordinating Unit | K4Health

Tel: (592) 222-0001-75| Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fax: (592) 222-0203 | www.pancap.org

 

PANCAP DIRECTOR TO ADDRESS SUSTAINING REGIONAL EFFORTS TO END HIV AT 30th COHSOD MEETING

 

     -          Protecting and sustaining successes in reducing HIV incidence to be discussed

 

dereck

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, GEORGETOWN GUYANA: The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV & AIDS, PANCAP, will be represented at the Thirtieth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD), by Director, Dereck Springer.  The COHSOD meeting will be held from September 24 – 25 in Washington.  

The PANCAP Director noted that his objective is to highlight the milestones and successes achieved in the response to HIV in the Region, while urging members of the COHSOD to advocate for the sustainability of these efforts in order to protect future generations and people living with the disease.

 

The milestones achieved in the Caribbean region through initiatives by PANCAP include a sharp regional reduction in HIV incidence in 2014 (UNAIDS 2015); declining AIDS-related deaths (UNAIDS 2015); antiretroviral coverage increased to 52% from less than 5% of the eligible population in 2001 (PAHO 2016); virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission in some countries, with Cuba becoming the first country in the world to have achieved this milestone, and several countries poised to do so; as well as substantial investments in strengthening health systems and in scaling up services for on-going care and support for people living with HIV.

 

‘It is important that these achievements be allowed to continue by investing in the sustainability of efforts regarding HIV prevention, treatment, stigma and discrimination,’ stated Mr. Springer.  

 

The PANCAP Director further stated that it is crucial to strengthen efforts to respond to HIV since many International stakeholders have declared their objectives to end incidences of HIV infection.  The United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in June 2016 has adopted the ‘2016 Political Declaration on Ending AIDS: On the Fast-Track to accelerate the fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030’.  This UN declaration corresponds with the principal message in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind.

 

‘There is also the challenge of funding and the need for policymakers within the Caribbean to commit to continued efforts to end HIV’, stated the PANCAP Director, ‘my objective is to bring to the attention of the COHSOD the need to urgently address the issue of funding since this can have the potential consequence of reversing the work done in the past 10 years in response to HIV’. 

 

The Director concluded that he anticipates garnering the full support of the COHSOD in advocating for the continued funding of programs to address HIV prevention, treatment and discrimination.

 

The Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) promotes human and social development under Article 17 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.

 

WHAT IS PANCAP?

 

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.