Stakeholders discussing challenges affecting expansion of HIV, Malaria and TB in the region

September 13, 2022
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sept 13, CMC – A three-day forum aimed at maximising learning, coordination and synergies among recipients of Global Fund Multi-Country Grants, got underway here on Tuesday.

The event is being facilitated by the Guyana-based 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.

The Joint Regional Dialogue among Key Stakeholders and Partners” of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) is a result of a collaboration with the Global Fund,  the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) platform and the consortium of Sub-Recipients consisting of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and the Centro de Orientación e Investigación Nacional (COIN) of the multi-country grant.

Dr Shellon Bovell, addressing the regional forum in Trinidad (CMC Photo)

More than 80  delegates are attending the forum, including representatives from the Caribbean Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) that represent communities affected by the three diseases, as well as key and vulnerable populations Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica and Suriname.

Other delegates come from the OECS Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM), Caribbean networks of key populations participating in the multi-country grant, National AIDS Programme (NAP) managers, Civil Society Organisation (CSO) representatives implementing grant activities, technical assistance providers/agencies, international development partners including the Global Fund, USAID/PEPFAR, the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and UNAIDS.

Project Coordinator, Global Fund (GF) at the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Dr Shellon Bovell, the Dialogue will maximise learning, coordination and synergies among recipients of the multi-country grant.

She said that this would allow stakeholders to discuss priority issues, including the effective use of resources and added value for beneficiaries of the grant, while sustaining the gains in HIV programming.

Specifically, the Dialogue will seek to improve coordination and collaboration between the regional GF project, national GF grants, national programmes, civil society and communities in their responses to HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and malaria through sharing experiences, strategies and best practises.

“We will also seek to identify challenges affecting the expansion of the response to HIV, TB and malaria in the Caribbean and to improve the understanding of the Global Fund processes by all stakeholders, including communities and beneficiary countries that will have a significant impact on our region”, said Dr Bovell.

She said that national programmes and CSOs would share their experiences and lessons learned from involvement and engagement in Global Fund-related processes in the Caribbean.

The overarching objective is to foster more synergies among stakeholders of the multi-country grant to fulfil the vision of an AIDS-free Latin America and the Caribbean,” the organisers added.

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