Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2010 2011 2012 2013

Details for Mechanism ID: 12691
Country/Region: Caribbean Region
Year: 2010
Main Partner: Not Available
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $0

USAID/Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean (USAID/B&EC) plans to use a TBD USAID field support mechanism to increase the participation and integration of the private and commercial sector as vital components of a sustainable multi-sectoral response to HIV/AIDS across the region. In 2005 the Pan Caribbean Business Coalition Against AIDS was established to encourage and foster the greater involvement of the private sector in support of the HIV/AIDS efforts across the region. To date there has been limited tangible evidence of increased and sustainable support for HIV related initiatives from the private and commercial sectors, either at the national or regional level. Private sector led AIDS Foundations have been established in 5 countries: Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Jamaica and Suriname. These have been somewhat successful in engaging the private sector and creating a greater awareness of the role that it plays re: the establishment of HIV/AIDS workplace policies through the tripartite collaboration of the governments, the private sector and the trade unions with the technical and financial assistance of the International Labor Organization (ILO); and sensitization of HIV related stigma and discrimination.

Some examples of PPP across the region that the TBD partner could build upon include:

Large telecommunication providers DIGICEL and LIME have provided support to one-off activities, such as supporting special IEC events and mass media awareness promotions;

Scotia Banks across the region team up annually with the Ministries of Health, the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS and the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership for a regional HIV testing day;

Jamaica AIDS Support for Life has a long standing relationship with the private sector which has included partnerships with Shell Petroleum Company, CGM Insurance and the University of the West Indies in support of various activities.

However, there is a need for a more sustainable strategy to integrate the private sector in the on-going, strategic planning, development and implementation of national HIV/AIDS responses across the region.

Under the PF USAID/B&EC will seek to provide technical assistance to facilitate an increased role for the private sector across the region by fostering greater public, private partnerships (PPPs) within the national and regional HIV/AIDS responses. The ultimate goal will be to strengthen the overall health outcomes through the sustainable provision and use of quality HIV and other health related information, products and services.

To harness and direct private sector efforts to achieve desirable health outcomes in HIV/AIDS and other health areas, the mechanism will be utilized to provide technical assistance to:

Conduct an assessment of the private sector and their contribution to the HIV/AIDS response;

Develop and facilitate the development of sustainable public-private partnerships;

Facilitate the strengthen of global support for state-of-the-art PPP models, approaches and tools.

Funding for Health Systems Strengthening (OHSS): $0

This is a new activity which will seek to respond to the need for greater emphasis on multi-sectoral engagement in efforts to sustain investments in the HIV/AIDS response in the Caribbean region. The US-Caribbean Regional Partnership Framework (PF), being a five year technical assistance model, has at its core the desire to ensure that the region strives towards greater sustainability and integration of HIV/AIDS efforts across all sectors.