(PRESS RELEASE) – The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, recently concluded a consultation to formulate a Regional Advocacy Strategy and Five-Year Implementation Plan, with strategic priority areas for advocacy.
These were developed by a wide cross-section of participants from the region including civil society organizations and national AIDS program managers.
The consultation identified core issues for advocacy including increased access to health care by people living with HIV without fear of stigma and discrimination; improving efficiency in the supply chain management through adequate forecasting; and engaging with policy makers on developing antidiscrimination legislation.
Participants engaged in highly interactive discussions using the thematic areas of systems and policy reform, access to justice and redress, community, social and health services and financing and sustainability. The consultation also noted the need to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities to access education, prevention and treatment as well as the need for migrants to access health care services regardless of their status.
The consultation noted that access to health care by all, including people living with HIV was linked directly to the region’s ability to achieve the 90-90-90 targets. Recommendations were made to advocate for this issue at all levels, including advocacy with policy-makers.
The consultation on the regional strategy was held from Oct 24 to 25, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.