To support the continuity of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services during COVID-19, PANCAP provided five (5) National AIDS Programmes with Samsung Galaxy Internet-enabled tablets. The National Programmes will utilize the devices for monitoring and evaluation, appointment bookings, virtual communication with clients and other activities critical to ensuring that programme implementation continues and the gains made in the HIV response are protected and maintained.
Support for the initiative was provided via the Global Fund Project – Sustainability of Services for Key Populations in the Caribbean and the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM), which focuses on mitigating the effects of the pandemic on HIV programme implementation.
The beneficiary countries included Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Guyana, Suriname and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Each National Programme received two (2) tablets.
Dr Rosmond Adams, Director, PANCAP, underscored the importance of supporting National Programmes during COVID-19. “Digital communication and virtual platforms are essential in facilitating continuity of programme implementation, especially in this time of physical distancing, minimizing in-person meetings and working from home,” stated the Director. He further pledged continued support to all National Programmes as the Region continues to navigate COVID-19.