by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): With COVID-19 disruptions to health services threatening to undermine the HIV/AIDS situation in the region, health officials are launching a tool kit designed to optimize the use of available resources.
It’s called the Social Contracting Tool Kit to Boost HIV response during COVID-19, and as launched on Friday (February 26) by the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP)
PANCAP’s Director Dr. Rosmond Adams hoped the toolkit can boost relationships and partnerships that will improve or at least maintain the gains made in the region’s HIV response
The consultant responsible for the toolkit, Veronica Cenac identifies a process that includes securing the Political Will of Government and Civil Society Organizations; Readiness Assessment – Analysis of Legal and Regulatory Framework; An Implementation Process, and a Roadmap for Sustainability.
Executive Director, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC), Ivan Cruickshank, described civil society as the backbone of the Caribbean’s response to HIV.
“… they reach the most vulnerable who are in urgent need of access to health.” he said while applauding the PANCAP initiative.
The PANCAP Toolkit for social contracting is expected to be presented digitally to governments and CSOs across the region.