The Northern Zonal Stakeholders Validation of key findings of the End Term Evaluation of the national HIV and AIDS strategic plan 2011 – 2015 and consultation for 2016 – 2020 was held in Tamale on the 19th of January, 2016 at the Modern City Hotel 9am.
The purpose of the meeting was to share and validate the key findings of the End Term Evaluation as well as discuss the priority areas for the next National Strategic Plan NSP and ensuring that, the regional specific needs for the national response are adequately captured as the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (NSP) 2016 – 2020 is being developed
The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru-Limuna, who delivered the welcome address, expressed his profound gratitude for being part of the Northern zonal stakeholders’ validation of the End Term Evaluation of the National HIV and AIDS Strategic plan (NSP) 2011 – 2015 and consultation for the development of the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020 meeting.
The Hon. Minister was very enthused about the success of the implementation of the comprehensive HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan for2011 – 2015. He said it was achieved owing to the cooperation of all stakeholders under the leadership of the Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission. Mr. Mohammed Muniru-Limuna was happy about the declining rate of the National Median HIV prevalence; He was emphatic that, the declination was due to the frequent capacity building workshops and efforts of the funding partners as well as the engagement CSOs and FBOs working at the community levels across the country.
Alhaji Limuna called on the commission to double efforts aimed at reducing stigmatization and discrimination against HIV victims. He made it known that, the Regional Coordinating Council has recently inaugurated a Health Clinic attached to the Ghana Aids Commission Technical Support Unit to serve the health needs of workers, including; HIV and Aids and STI services.
The Director General for Ghana Aids Commission Dr. Angela El-Adas in a speech read on her behalf said the End Term Evaluation plan is conducted to tackle some specific objectives, to: review expenditure over the period 2011 – 2015 and results achieved with these financial resources, recommend key actions for improving quality, coverage and scaling-up of services for the next NSP 2016 – 2020 just to mention but few.
The Director General mentioned some thematic working groups established to ensure active participation of all stakeholders in the 7 thematic areas with 7 thematic Consultants and a lead Consultant to lead the process and guide the work of the TWGs. She added that, following the dissemination of the preliminary results of the End Term Evaluation of the NSP 2011 – 2015 at the
Annual Partnership Forum and Business on the 17th and 18th November, 2015 which included the required inputs of stakeholders to ensure that the key findings of the ETE are validated and the needs of the regions and districts are adequately captured in the NSP 2016 – 2020.
The meeting also focuses on stakeholders that will be implementing the activities of the 2016 – 2020 therefore the need to agree on the priority areas for the NSP 2016 – 2020 that will enable the Commission to meet the 90-90-90 commitment. This will also enable all stakeholders at all levels to have a common understanding of how the program activities will have to be rolled on each year to meet the appropriate 90.
(PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER-RCC, TAMALE)