The conference is a follow-up to a series of engagements with faith leaders under the PANCAP Justice for All programme at the regional level.
In his address to the conference, Bishop Rudolph Harris, the second vice president of the Antigua and Barbuda Evangelic Alliance Zion Church of God, said PANCAP and other world organisations have a vision regarding the eradication of the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030.
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These areas have been flagged as central to PANCAP's regional response as captured in the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework (CRSF).
This was supplemented by key informant interviews with a number of agency representatives from the CARICOM/ PANCAP, UNAIDS and PAHO offices in the region.
In performing these functions the conference creates the opportunities to support PANCAP in such core functions as information dissemination for decision-making; capacity building, programme monitoring and streamlining.
In February 2001, CARICOM launched the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP
), a coalition established to involve government, business, and the international community in support of the strategic plan to combat AIDS.
2011), though personal testimonies also reveal daily episodes of shunning, scorning and violence (PANCAP 2007, 20).
UNAIDS highlights stigma and discrimination reduction as imperative for success in HIV response programming (UNAIDS 2010b), as does the Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP 2008).
HIV surveillance data in the Caribbean show significantly higher levels of infection among men who have sex with men, sex workers, prisoners and drug users (PANCAP 2008, Table 2).