Barbados Parliamentarians Sensitization Forum
Wednesday 29 May 2019 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), with funding from the CARIFORUM 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme of Support for Wider Caribbean Cooperation, hosted the Barbados Parliamentarians Sensitization Forum at the Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados on 29 May 2019.
The Forum formed part of a series of engagements with parliamentarians, which commenced in 2013 under the PANCAP Justice for All (JFA) programme. Parliamentarians were involved in defining their legislative, representational and oversight roles to address the barriers toward achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets, eliminating stigma and discrimination and contributing to the end of AIDS. They discussed pursuing actions with specific timelines and made recommendations for the establishment of a National Parliamentarians Action Group to function as a coordinating mechanism to facilitate communications with and among National Parliamentary Committees.
Parliamentarians also utilised the forum to identify ways to collaborate with other stakeholders in the HIV response, including faith leaders, civil society, youth and Key Populations.
Featured speakers included Hon. Cynthia Y. Forde J.P., L.C.P. Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, Barbados, Hon. Gline A. Clarke, J.P., B.Sc., Dip. Ed., Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Barbados, and Mr Dereck Springer, Director of PANCAP.
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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, mobilizes resources and build capacity of partners.
- 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme of Support for Wider Caribbean Cooperation
Under the 10th (EDF) Programme of Support for Wider Caribbean Cooperation, PANCAP will strengthen coordination on human rights issues in keeping with the Justice For all Roadmap through the HIV and AIDS Thematic Task Force in CARIFORUM.
CARIFORUM refers to the Grouping of Caribbean States which are signatories of the Georgetown Agreement establishing the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). The ACP grouping is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states.
CARIFORUM is the recipient of and manages the implementation of Caribbean Regional Indicative Programmes financed by the EDF and Caribbean regional programmes financed by individual Member States of the European Union. It also provides technical assistance to agencies/institutions implementing projects under these programmes
- European Union
The Member States of the European Union have decided to link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders’.
Background to the PANCAP Justice for All (JFA) Roadmap
The PANCAP Justice for All (JFA) Programme was established in September 2013 as a regional response to the UN High-Level Political Declaration (June 2011) designed to reduce AIDS-related stigma and discrimination. The objectives of the JFA Roadmap are:
- Enhancing family life and focusing on those in need
- Increasing access to treatment and affordable medicines
- Reducing gender inequality including violence against women, girls and adolescents
- Promoting prevention with special reference to sexual and reproductive health and rights including age-appropriate sexual education
- Implementing legislative reforms for modifying AIDS-related stigma and discrimination
 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 and
By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.