HIV and AIDS prevalence is increasing the world over despite the huge investments made to combat it. Seychelles is no exception.
The National AIDS Council (NAC) has the mandate for combating the spread of HIV and AIDS and the promotion, implementation, co-ordination, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and measures to limit or prevent their spread.
This year NAC will increase its efforts in combating this ill. It has set the stage for a bigger more effective plan to deal with the problem in the next five years. It has produced National Strategic Plan (NSP) for 2019 – 2023 and the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework with the participation of UNAIDS, WHO and local partners and stakeholders.
What remains to be prepared before the strategic plan can be execute is the Operational Plan.
In the spirit of inclusion, NAC hosted the Annual Consultative National Forum on HIV and AIDS on 24th January 2019 starting at 9am at the Avani Resort and Spa. The theme was aligned to the World AIDS Campaign slogan “Know your Status!” Invited participants included groups from work places, government organisations, civil society, private sector, key populations, Ministry of Health and the community at large, including persons living with HIV.
The aim of this forum was to show the current local situation on HIV and AIDS, table the problems, and put forward the most effective solutions to address these problems in line with the strategic plan through the formulation of an operational plan.
The forum was officially opened by the Minister for Health, Mr Jean Paul Adam.
Following the forum, NAC will prepare a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) plan which will benefit the majority of the population, including those most at risk of acquiring HIV and AIDS.
The activities on the operational plan will lean more towards prevention and Test and Treat strategies.