GEORGETOWN, Guyana, April 24, CMC – Officials from the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will meet in St Lucia later this week for a series of meetings relating to the governance and operations of the Guyana-based organisation.
The April 25-26 meetings will include the 18th meeting of the Executive Board and Second Meeting of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism for Global Fund Projects (RCMGFP).
The meetings will be preceded by the two-day 16th Special Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) from on Friday.
Under the chairmanship of Haiti’s Minister of Health, Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume, the executive board will review the issues and recommendations particularly as they relate to the sustainability of the Partnership.
“Among them a report on the sustainability of national HIV programmes and the institutional and fiscal responses required to address inherent challenges,” according to a PANCAP statement.
The executive meeting will also review approaches to improving coordination within the Partnership.
“The meeting will receive recommendations for strengthening the coordination between the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean (OECS) and the wider Caribbean region as well as improving the coordination between key regional and international agencies working in the area of HIV & AIDS stigma and discrimination,” the statement added.
The third meeting of the RCMGFP will receive several reports, including on key developments in the funding operations and management of the Global Fund. The meeting will be provided with an update on the status of implementation of the current Round 9 Grant as well as issues related to its continuing funding application.
PANCAP is a regional Partnership which was established in February 2001 to respond to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean. Its vision is to substantially reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean through sustainable systems of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.