As part of its plan to implement the “PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation,” the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has sent a cable to all U.S. diplomatic and consular posts globally on how to increase the involvement of civil society as part of country-level planning for HIV/AIDS programming. Specifically, the cable emphasized three steps that U.S. country teams should take: 1. Hold a meeting with civil society early in the planning process for development of the annual PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP); 2. Submit the COP to Headquarters with a section documenting how civil society has been involved, the comments raised by civil society, and the way in which the COP has taken into account these comments; and 3. Provide a formal written response to civil society, following completion of the COP process, documenting the way in which comments were discussed in the process and, if not included, the reasons for their exclusion.
“PEPFAR’s vision of country ownership is one that ensures civil society voices are heard and opportunities exist for them to inform effective HIV service delivery. Increasing civil society involvement in HIV/AIDS planning is critical to ensure we are best meeting the needs of the people we serve. We look forward to continuing to engage civil society as we work together to create an AIDS-free generation,” stated Ambassador Eric Goosby, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.
Read the Unclassified cable here.
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