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Project Title: “Strengthening the integration of the British and Dutch OCTs in the Regional Response to HIV/AIDS through the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP). This project is funded by the European Union for the 11 Overseas Caribbean Territories ( 6 Dutch, 5 British). ECOCT Facebook
The prevention of and fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS is a major priority of the EC Programme for Action to Confront HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis in the context of poverty reduction.1 It is also one of the objectives of the Millenium Development Goad and of the EU Development Policy “The European Consensus”. The recent Communication on EU‐Caribbean relations emphasizes the political priority for the EU to support the efforts of the Caribbean region to tackle HIV/AIDS. The 2 July 2004 MOU establishing an EC/WHO partnership underlines the importance of accelerated action to combat HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS has also been identified as an eligible area for EC support in article 15 of the EC/OCT Association Decision adopted in 2001.
The Caribbean is second only to sub‐Saharan Africa as the region most affected by HIV/AIDS. The July 2005 report of the Caribbean Commission on Health and Development (CCHD) refers to the alarming growth of HIV/AIDS as a cause of death in the Caribbean with about half a million
persons living with the infection. The emergence of HIV/AIDS as a major cause of mortality and its potential for impeding social and economic development have obliged Caribbean ACP States and OCTs to seek means for an effective and coordinated approach to confront the epidemic.
The Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) is a regional Caribbean network established in 2001 which facilitates the co‐ordination and collaboration of key stakeholders in reducing the HIV/AIDS impact. It includes CARIFORUM countries, OCTs and international donors.
The support provided by the EC through the All‐ACP 8 ACP TPS 18 EDF project2 contributed to the creation of PANCAP. A large range of multilateral and bilateral donor agencies have supported different aspects of the work of PANCAP since its inception. Although members of the PANCAP network, the OCTs have not benefited directly from any of the donor‐funded programmes although they are able to benefit form lessons learned and participate in PANCAP Annual Meetings.
As a result, there is a need to strengthen OCTs capacities to effectively manage and implement sustainable HIV/AIDS strategies and programmes and to reinforce their regional integration within the PANCAP framework and other wider regional HIV/AIDS initiatives. The project creates synergies with the PANCAP/GFTAM project and is tailored to respond to specific sub‐regional OCT needs and to strengthen a common approach to address HIV/AIDS at the wider Caribbean regional level.
Project Overall Objectives
The overall objective of this programme is to halt and reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS in the British and Dutch Caribbean OCTs and minimize its impact on health, social and economic sectors, in the context of poverty reduction strategies.
The project purpose is to strengthen the British and Dutch OCTs’ capacity to manage and implement an effective multisectoral response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and achieve greater integration within the regional HIV/AIDS response in the Caribbean.
The project is financed by the European Commission and is implemented through a Financing Agreement between the PAHO/WHO and the European Commission and eleven (11) Dutch & British Overseas Caribbean Territories (OCTs) which was signed in April 2008. The project which also has financial contribution from PAHO/WHO is expected to end December 31, 2013.
The PAHO HIV Caribbean Office (PHCO) in Trinidad was designated the implementing unit and is responsible for the coordination and administration of the project. The project is implemented through a Project Management Team (PMT). The primary function of the PMT is to provide technical cooperation for the implementation of the project activities which are executed via annual estimated budget and work plans that are approved by the EC. Under the arrangement 2 Strengthening the Institutional Response to HIV/AIDS/STI in the Caribbean”(SIRHASC)” PHCO provides direct support to the Dutch territories for project implementation, while the PAHO offices in Jamaica, Bahamas and ECC provide support to the Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands respectively.
At the territorial level, each OCT government nominated a HIV/AIDS Focal Point to be the local counterpart to the PMT through which the strategies and activities of the project is implemented. A Steering Committee, comprising of high level government officials provide overall policy direction to the project including the revision of annual work plans and the results
achieved. The membership of the Steering Committee is designed to incorporate and enhance the regional perspective of the project.
The project has five expected results which are:
Expected result 1: “Enhanced prevention efforts to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in the OCTs”.
Expected result 2: “Expanded access to care and support for PLWHA in the OCTs”.
Expected result 3: “Strengthened Human Rights of PLWHA through increased OCT capacity to effectively implement interventions for the reduction of stigma and discrimination.
Expected result 4: “Strengthened OCT capacity for effective implementation of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS response”.
Expected result 5: “Strengthened Regional HIV/AIDS Programming Co‐ordination within the OCTs and between the OCTs and PANCAP/wider Caribbean regional activities and programmes”.
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