2006. 69 p.
Papua New Guinea. Government
Papua New Guinea. National AIDS Council
The government's National Strategic Plan (NSP) on HIV/AIDS, 2004-2008 is the second National Plan succeeding the Medium Term Plan (1998-2002). Over the past fifteen years, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Papua New Guinea (PNG) reached significant heights calling for renewed energies and directions to contain a fast spreading epidemic. PNG has recently been declared the fourth country in the Asia-Pacific region with a generalised epidemic. The National Strategic Plan places priority on seven focus areas : 1. Treatment, counselling, care and support; 2. Education and prevention; 3. Epidemiology and surveillance; 4. Social and behavioural change research; 5. Leadership, partnership and coordination; 6. Family and community; and 7. Monitoring and evaluation. The spread of HIV in a nation is affected by a variety of factors, ranging from individual risk behaviours to wider social, cultural, economic and political situations. Therefore, an integrated response is essential to address the impact of the epidemic at the individual, family, organisational and community levels. The framework is flexible and allows organisations across all sectors of society to adopt strategies and devise appropriate activities to respond within their own settings. It also takes into account the changing nature of the epidemic as well as the political and administrative environment within which the response takes place.
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