The National AIDS Coordinating Committee (NACC) is a multi-sectoral co-ordination committee which includes participation of major stakeholder groups such as Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Key Population Advocates (KPAs), Trade Unions, government, international and regional agencies, academic and private sector organisations. The NACC was re-launched in December 2016 to co-ordinate the national multi-sectoral response, set priorities, goals and targets, advise and guide the Government of Trinidad and Tobago on HIV and AIDS Policy.
Vision: A future without new HIV infections, reduced AIDS related deaths and no stigma or discrimination associated with living with HIV.
Mission: To challenge and encourage the national community to work in partnership to prevent and treat HIV and to mitigate its negative impacts, in an environment that promotes respect, care and support for all.
The national response to HIV and AIDS is founded upon the following principles:
- Respect for Human Rights
- Focus on Safe Sexual Behaviour
- Measurement and Accountability
- Universal Access
- Equity and Gender Mainstreaming
Terms of Reference of NACC
- Building and deepening multi-sectoral partnership to achieve national commitment, support and ownership of the response to HIV and AIDS.
- Determining as a matter of urgency, the future evolution of the NACC into a statutory body or whatever entity is deemed most appropriate.
- Coordinating and supporting activities pursuant to the reduction of the population’s susceptibility to HIV and AIDS.
- Establishing national goals and targets of the priority strategic areas and action plans
- Monitoring and evaluating the implementation and attainment of national goals, objectives and targets with respect to HIV and AIDS as identified in the national strategic plan.
- Approving budgets required for implementation of HIV response processes.
- Advising and assisting in defining a National HIV Policy and providing guidance on sectoral policies.
- Identifying training gaps and building capacity of stakeholders to mount an effective and sustainable response to HIV and AIDS.
- Championing and accelerating the legislative agenda required to support HIV and AIDS responses, programmes and plans.
- Undertaking multidisciplinary research on issues related to the social, economic and psychological antecedents and the impacts of HIV and AIDS on individuals, families, communities, businesses and other sectors.
- Collating information and preparing reports and briefs for local and international bodies.
- Monitoring and evaluating all aspects of the NGOs response to HIV and AIDS and establishing systems to ensure accountability and achievement of stated goals and objectives.
- Coordinating and providing guidance on the activities of the HIV and AIDS Coordinators in various Ministries.
- Integration of HIV research with other areas such as sexually transmitted infections and sexual and reproductive health and wellness.
The work of the NACC is conducted in sub committees. There are five sub committees assigned to the following priority areas:
- Prevention Combining Behavioural, Biomedical and Structural Intervention.
- Optimizing Diagnosis, Treatment, Care and Support Outcomes.
- Advocacy, Human Rights and an Enabling Environment.
- Strategic Information.
- Policy and Programme Management.
An increasing number of ministries and agencies would assume different roles in HIV and AIDS prevention and control as follows:
- Ministry of Health would be responsible for all clinical aspects of the project and implementing the biomedical waste management programme. A specific HIV and AIDS Team Leader would be nominated (Chief Medical Officer).
- Ministry Focal Points & HIV Coordinators would be identified in each participating Ministry or agency, and responsible for coordinating the HIV and AIDS related activities of their institutions, related to the specific needs and characteristics of their respective sectors and constituencies.
- Implementing Agencies: Civil Society, private sector, unions, international organisations and other advocates are responsible for the implementation of projects in the HIV & AIDS response at the community, sector and national levels.
The NACC Secretariat is responsible for operationalising the decisions of the NACC and for the day to day management and coordination of the national HIV and AIDS Response. The NACC Secretariat duties are as follows:
- Developing annual work and action plans for implementation as directed by NACC and its sub-committees.
- Reporting to the OPM, partners, other entities and the Public on the multi-sectoral response and implementation.
- Monitoring and evaluation which will include a framework of performance monitoring and evaluation of implementing agencies’ activities.
- Formulate updates on the HIV and AIDS situation in collaboration with other Ministries e.g. Ministry of Health, for the political directorate, and other stakeholders.
- Assist, and engages in national HIV policy development and relevant sectoral policy development.
- Mobilize resources, write proposals and provide other needed support for implementing agencies.
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