Government of Guyana, 2002. 30 p.
This document is the result of a review of implementation of the National AIDS Programme Strategic Plan 1999-2001, together with the input of a wide cross section of Government Ministry Officials, NGOs, legal profession, Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs), religious organisations, UN and other international and bilateral agencies. The 1999-2001 strategic plan was comprehensive, but suffered from an insufficiency of resources, human, technological and financial, for its execution. Additionally, the structure and position of the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS) within the Ministry of Health, and its preoccupation with implementation rather than management and coordination has contributed to the slow implementation of this previous plan. Also, the multi-sector response was less than anticipated with the public sector response being mainly from the Ministry of Health with some involvement of the Ministry of Labour. However there was encouraging response from NGOs and some of the larger private enterprises.The present plan, covering the period 2002-2006, has taken into consideration the constraints of the previous implementation process, the strengths, potential strengths of various partners within the public and private sectors and the international community. It has been developed within the context of recommendations made for a revision of the national policy on AIDS, a rethinking of the composition of the National AIDS Committee (NAC) and Regional AIDS Committee (RAC), and a restructuring and repositioning of the NAPS. The ultimate goal of this plan is to reduce the social and economic impact of HIV and AIDS on individuals, communities, and ultimately on the development of the country. The overall goal is to reduce the rate of increase in HIV infection and the development of AIDS. Programme components are as follows: SurveillanceCare, treatment and supportRisk reductionManagement and coordination Policy formulation.
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