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PANCAP engaged stakeholders in Belize in high-level advocacySpecial meeting held with Chair of National AIDS Commission, Belize

July 25, 2017

Dr Edward Greene, Advisor, UNAIDS, and Mr Dereck Springer, Director of the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) met with Mrs Laura Longsworth (Chair, NAC) to engage in high-level discussions with policy makers, faith-based and Civil Society Organizations around the principles of the PANCAP Justice for All Programme (JFA), and the 2016 UN High Level Political Declaration.

The current JFA Roadmap includes the UNAIDS 90-90-90 treatment targets to help end the AIDS epidemic as well as 15 actionable recommendations which fall under five major areas:

• Focusing on family life and those in need.
• Identifying strategies for prevention, including sexual and reproductive health and rights and age-appropriate sexual education.
• Highlighting the need for access to treatment and to affordable medicine as a human right.
• Emphasizing women’s and girls’ empowerment, including reducing gender based violence.
• Eliminating AIDS-related stigma and discrimination including modifying punitive laws.

Dr Greene also used this opportunity to discuss the ‘Every Caribbean Woman, Every Caribbean Child Initiative’ (ECWECC) – the regionally specific programme of work that emerged directly from the United Nations Secretary-General’s ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ flagship programme. ECWECC aims to enhance the health, well-being and empowerment of women, girls and adolescents through:

• Eliminating gender-based violence.
• Reducing the rates of teenage pregnancies.
• Preventing cervical cancer.
• Reducing people trafficking, with special reference to girls.
• Making the Caribbean the first region in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Read more about the PANCAP Justice for All Initiative here.