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The need to monitor the progress of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, coupled with the need to account for donor- funded projects, require countries and the region to be invested into the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) component of their respective programmes. Organisations therefore need to place very high importance in M&E and Research in order to meet the reporting requirements of both external and internal stakeholders, and ensure that future initiatives are evidence-driven, using high-quality research findings. This shapes the direction of national and regional responses to the epidemic and facilitates the mobilization of additional resources.
In the region, many efforts are underway to improve the quality of M&E. These include efforts by the Joint United National Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), the Global Fund to Fight HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the World Bank. These organisations have developed standard indicators and tools for use in developing, reporting and monitoring grants. The World Bank has provided considerable support for the strengthening of national M&E programmes and some of those trained have been absorbed into the Epidemiology Units of their respective Ministries of Health.
The Pan Caribbean partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) is guided by the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS (CRSF) 2008 – 2012 which calls on the nations of the Caribbean to accelerate their individual efforts against HIV and to enhance regional collaboration, with a view to achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for their populations. This strategic response defines the policies adapted and the public goods that will be delivered at the regional level while, at the same time, ensuring the provision of tangible benefits at the national level. Specifically, Priority Area six (6) of the CRSF addresses M&E and Research, with the objectives of:
- Tracking progress in the implementation of national HIV responses and of the CRSF; and
- Developing appropriate evidence-based policies, practices and interventions through the use of research findings and M&E data.
Some Key Regional Organisaitons
The PANCAP biennial work plan for Priority Area 6 highlights the regional institutions that contribute to monitoring the HIV epidemic; assessing response and improving capacity at the national and regional levels. These institutions include the;
- Joint United National Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS);
- Caribbean Health Research Council;
- University of the West Indies (UWI); and the
- Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) HIV Caribbean Office.
Importanty, there is the M&E Technical Working Group (TWG), chaired by the CHRC which comprises representatives of UNAIDS, PAHO, the Caribbean HIV and AIDS Regional Training Network (CHART), the Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC), PEPFAR and the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Alliance (CHAA). This TWG sets the regional agenda and is a mechanism to monitor implementation of the PANCAP Biennial Operation Plan (PBOP) M&E component. Critical donors to this process include the PEPFAR and the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which are committed to promoting the use and dissemination of strategic Information and strengthening HIV surveillance in the Caribbean.