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The Caribbean Partnership Commitment issued by the Heads of Government in 2001 called on all sectors within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to collaborate in ensuring the most effective regional response to the HIV epidemic. Inherently, PANCAP is a broad-based partnership with critical involvement from a panorama of sectors.
Currently, there are 59 established partners within PANCAP representing governmental and non-governmental organisations, civil society, the private sector, regional institutions, bilateral and multilateral organisations and international development partners. This sectoral involvement flourishes at two levels. Firstly, each category of partners is represented on the executive board and is integral to the decision-making processes of PANCAP; and secondly, they all play a pivotal role in programmatic outreach.
The further expansion and coordination of the multisectoral response is one of the six Priority Areas for Action identified within the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS, 2008-2012. This strategic action has been defined as an imperative in advancing universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.
The successes of PANCAP in the development of an expanded and well-coordinated regional response to the HIV epidemic have been well-documented. Three of the most notable examples of success at the regional level are:
- The establishment of Caribbean Coalition of National AIDS Programme Coordinators (CCNAPC) in 2001, under the aegis of PANCAP. This entity provides an effective platform for inter-governmental collaboration and provides an important nexus between national programmes and regional outreach in the delivery of goods and services.
- The inauguration of the Pan-Caribbean Business Coalition against HIV and AIDS (PCBC) on the occasion of theFifth Annual General Meeting of PANCAP, held in Port-of-Spain in 2005. The body has been at the forefront in mobilising the resources of the private sector in advancing the PANCAP goal of universal of HIV workplace programmes and has spawned national counterparts in five countries.
- The formation of the Caribbean Tripartite Council on HIV and AIDS. This forum is an amalgam of the Caribbean Congress of Labour, Caribbean Employers’ Confederation, the Caribbean Regional Network of Persons living with HIV and AIDS, and the International Labour Organisation, all working together in enhancing the multisectoral response.
PANCAP has also forged collaborative partnerships at the international level. Since 2005, PANCAP has pursued a Cooperative Agreement in the field of HIV with the Government of the Federal Republic of Brazil that has brought support to the region in the supply of anti-retroviral therapy, youth training and development, monitoring and evaluation, and strengthening civil society organisations.
At another level, PANCAP has achieved full membership and occupies a seat on the Steering Committee of the International Centre for Technical Cooperation. Through this South/South collaboration, PANCAP has exchanged technical support with partners in the areas of human resource development, strategic planning, and monitoring and evaluation.
At the same time, PANCAP continues to serve on the Executive Board of the Global Fund and on the Programme Coordinating Board of UNAIDS. Indeed, a PANCAP representative served as a member of the panel that recently completed the latest review of the UNAIDS global programme.
The Emerging Agenda
The multisectoral response of PANCAP in the medium term will focus on increasing the level of political, technical and financial support across all sectors in order to achieve the widest possible coverage of HIV services. This thrust will be concentrated at both the national and regional levels.
Specifically, the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS (CRSF), 2008-2012 pursues the following strategic objectives:
- Enhance the ownership of national HIV programmes and responsibility for driving the response.
- Strengthen the response of key government ministries, NGOs, CBOs, FBOs, PLWHA networks, the private sector, trade unions and vulnerable groups to HIV.
- Promote and protect the health of students and staff and mitigate the impact of HIV on the education system.
- Scale up the response in the tourism sector.
- Support national and private sector organisations to implement comprehensive workplace programmes.
Essentially, the expansion of the multisectoral response within the framework of PANCAP dictates the streamlining of current strategies to enhance effectiveness while, at the same time, evolving and honing of new modalities for harnessing available resources at all levels and across all sectors. PANCAP's success or failure will be measured by what is accomplished in the emerging dispensation.