ORGANISATION OF EASTERN CARIBBEAN STATES (OECS) Report on the OECS GFATM HIV/AIDS Project Fourteenth Meeting of the PANCAP Regional Coordinating Mechanism BarbadosMarch 24 – 25, 2010
Content: • Introduction • Programmatic performance and planned Actions • Achievements • Financial performance • Future Options
Introduction The OECS GFATM HIV/AIDS Project • Aim: To scale up ‘Treatment and Care’ for PLH in six OECS countries • Duration: 5-years: March 2005 to Feb. 2010 • Costs: Total for Project US$17.2m; GFATM Grant US$10.2m • Principal Recipient: OECS Secretariat • Sub-Recipients: Ministries of Finance & Health • National Implementing Agents: Ministries of Health
Planned actions - Indicator 2.1 • Revisit of the working definition for the indicator • Collaborate with Partners to: • Increase uptake and institutionalize HIV rapid testing to facilitate ‘same session’ results • Secure access to • HIV confirmatory testing services, • CD4 proficiency testing and • QA/QC for related laboratory services • Pursue the Certification of national Laboratories • Promote behaviour change initiatives
Planned actions - Indicator 2.2: • Maintain • The over 90% coverage of ante-natal clients at MCH clinics, • The provision of antiretroviral medications and • Access to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing (Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative); • Promote the uptake (almost 100%) of these services by pregnant women; • Request studies to more accurately determine the numbers of HIV positive pregnant women; and • Advocate for improved HIV surveillance
Planned actions - Indicator 5.1 The PR has moved to: • Identify some funding for the operations of the Human rights desks/mechanisms in the OECS; (b) Joined the PANCAP Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to address Stigma and Discrimination; and (c) Initiate planning at country level and to negotiate technical Assistance to strengthen the Human rights mechanisms for tackling acts related to HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination.
ACHIEVEMENTS SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING To respond to the capacity building needs to meet the agreed goals and targets through the development and establishment of: • Standardised Monitoring & Evaluation systems and Data collection tools • Standardised Financial Management systems for the project; and • Standardised Patient Monitoring and Tracking System (PMTS)
ACHIEVEMENTS cont’d… HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT In the areas of : • Clinical staging, Treatment and care - Clinical Mentorship programs through CHART for Doctors, Nurses and Pharmacists • HIV related Testing and Diagnosis – Support from CAREC, CDC and CCAS • Leadership – CHILI program • Behavioral Change Communication – COMBI • Data Management – Collaboration with PAHO • Monitoring and Evaluation – Support from CHRC
Major Challenges Considerations • Institutionalization of PITC and rapid testing • Surveillance systems strengthening • OECS Regional and national information networks (including Information standards & QA/QC) • An OECS PLH representative organization • R&D to generate Strategic Information • Effective and coordinated Behavior impact programs as per target group • Knowledge of HIV status • Individual • Country • Behavior impact • Consumers/Individuals • Providers • Planners • Policy makers
Major Challenges Considerations • Strengthening OECS Training institutions e.g. establish a designated OECS CHART center • Strengthening Leadership in OECS • Research on strategies for retention of personnel • Development of a tiered Laboratory system • Negotiations for more flexible terms and conditions • An OECS regional HIV/AIDS Frame work based on the “Three Ones” • Coordination of the partners contributions • Capacity • Local Human resource • Laboratory • Information systems • Funding & the attending conditions
Future Issues Future Directions** • Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in the health sector • Strengthening Health and social sectors using ‘best practices’ • Adopting a Prevention/‘Disease aversion’ strategy • Reduction of the vulnerabilities • Comprehensive health sector planning and adequate resource allocation for HR • Promoting a Human Rights culture • Empowerment of the MARPS • Establishment of Human Rights Commission • Reduction in Stigma and discrimination • Managing HIV/AIDS as a Chronic disease • Managing HIV/AIDS as a Public Health issue • Managing HIV/AIDS using a Human Rights approach ** Influenced by strategic information, leadership, resources, sensitivities, absorptive capacities, etc
Financial performance cont’d.: Disbursement versus Expenditure by Sub-Recipient from inception
Financial Situation Phase II Funding: Approved Project Budget for Phase II (to February 2010) Cash received to June 2009 Project Funds held by GFATM as at June 30, 2009 Disbursement requested for July 2009 to Feb 2010 (based on Work plan and cash-in-hand) Grant Funds forecasted to be ‘Unrequested’ at end of February 2010 US Dollars: $6,860,183 $4,320,844 $2,539,339 $555,677 $1,983,662
FUTURE OPTIONS • NO COST EXTENSION – 6 Month extension up to August 2010 plus 3 months ‘wrap-up’ • ‘CLOSE OUT’ PLAN – To bridge gap until Round 9 proposal (September 2010 to …) • OECS TREATMENT OBJECTIVE within PANCAP Round 9 Proposal – 5 year funding for treatment (Originally September 2010 to August 2014) • PEPFAR 2 US Caribbean Initiative • OECS REGIONAL ROUND 10 PROPOSAL (OECS HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan)
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