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PANCAP executive board meets in Guyana

St. Lucia’s Minister for Health and Wellness, Mary Issac, will chair the two-day meeting of the executive board of the Guyana-based Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) St. Lucia’s Minister for Health and Wellness, Mary Issac, will chair the two-day meeting of the executive board of the Guyana-based Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP)
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Sept 6, CMC – St. Lucia’s Minister for Health and Wellness, Mary Issac, will chair the two-day meeting of the executive board of the Guyana-based Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) that begins here on Wednesday.

The meeting will also coincide with the 12th meeting of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) for Global Fund Projects.

PANCAP is a Caribbean regional partnership of governments, regional civil society organisations, regional institutions and organisations, bilateral and multilateral agencies and contributing donor partners which was established on 14 February 2001.

PANCAPPANCAP provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, coordinates the response through the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS to maximise efficient use of resources and increase impact, mobilises resources and build capacity of partners.

The two day meeting will discuss how to sustain PANCAP within an environment of declining resources, receive and discuss updates on “Opportunities and Challenges for Treatment and Care for All; Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission and Congenital Syphilis; Status of the Zero Discrimination targets” among other agenda items.

It will also receive a report from the Priority Areas Coordinating Committee, the technical body of the Executive Board, and discuss and agree on policy recommendations that will be presented to the
30th  meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – Health, which will be held in Washington from September 23-25 September.

The RCM meeting is also expected to receive updates on the Global Fund Board’s approval of the PANCAP and CVC-COIN grants; the restructuring of the RCM to ensure compliance with the new Global Fund RCM Requirements.

The meeting here will be attended by representatives from eight national governments, civil society organisations, leaders of key population groups, regional agencies, CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, faith-based organisations, private sector and development partners.

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