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Welcome to National HIV AIDS Commission

Since its establishment in 2001, the Barbados National HIV/AIDS Commission has remained ever vigilant in executing its mandate of creating and strengthening partnerships which in turn foster an expanded response to HIV across all sectors. HIV is no longer viewed as primarily a health issue but one which affects national development. To this end the national response is no longer  solely a medical oriented one but social, economic, cultural and legal. No longer is  HIV regarded as the sole purview of the Health Ministry but of each and every Barbadian working towards the sustainable development of our nation.

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his new national multi-sectoral expanded response has facilitated  the training of HIV coordinators and educators in all government ministries and over time connecting and sensitising government, the private sector, and civil society about the shared responsibility of mitigating the impact of this pandemic on our population. The NHAC is the coordinator of the National AIDS Programme and is charged with, among other things harmonising the various micro-level responses. Challenges arose by the diversity of programming, agency territoriality, limited knowledge and understanding of HIV and AIDS and a dearth of funds with which to implement programmes.  However, the successful harmonisation of partners within the National AIDS programme was achieved in a very systematic way. This included the formation of a coordinating body representing government, private sector and civil society including a member of the persons living with HIV (PLHIV) community; development of a tiered approach to national involvement of partners; sensitisation of in excess of 75% of government employees about HIV and related issues; initially working with eight (8) ministries to develop and strengthen their ministry-level AIDS Programmes and develop programme monitoring tools and a monitoring and evaluation plan, with the gradual extension of the programme to all Ministries.

Well-placed emphasis is also on ongoing training in programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to build capacity to enable strategic partners to engage in programming activities; and monthly HIV Coordinators’ meetings which create a forum for idea and information sharing, programme planning and coordination, problem resolution and general National AIDS Programme feedback.


WORLD BANK PRAISES BARBADOS NATIONAL AIDS PROGRAMME

As the country embarks on a new HIV National Strategic Plan (NSP) 2014-2018, the Barbados National AIDS program has received high praise from a senior official of the World Bank. The official and her team of experts were in the island over the past week in relation to an ongoing World Bank HIV Project loan agreement that with Government of Barbados counterpart funding supports the National AIDS Programme(NAP).
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