National HIV Response Stakeholder Discussion -SKPA Project
The Sustainability of HIV Services for Key Populations in Asia Program (SKPA Program - Regional Grant) promotes the scale-up of necessary interventions and their long-term financing in each partner country. The objectives of the programme are;
· Scale-up prevention services to key populations and retain people living with HIV/AIDS in the treatment cascade (Service Delivery);
· Secure strategic information to inform program design (Strategic Information); secure long-term sustainability of service delivery (Financing Sustainability);
· Strengthen community responses and systems for scale-up of delivery services (Community Systems Strengthening);
· Address barriers to service access, including human rights and gender-related (Stigma and Discrimination).
AFAO is the Principal Recipient, and The Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka (FPASL) is the Sub Recipient supporting the SKPA implementation in Sri Lanka.
As the SKPA Program is moving into the final year of intervention, FPA organised a National HIV Response Stakeholder Discussion to review the planned activities for the SKPA Program and receive advice and feedback for the intended interventions. The event took place on 21st April at The Oak Room, Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, to discuss the following activities.
· Sustainable Activities
o Discussion on activities outlined to have a sustainable impact, such as six month CSO capacity development, Social contracting and HIV Financing, PrEP & HIV Self-Testing and Advocacy Strategy for Ending AIDS in 2025
· Community Interventions
o Discussion on activities outlined for KP wellbeing such as Guidelines for Suicide and Gender-Based Violence, Community Monitoring, Transgender health services and addressing Stigma & Discrimination
· Progress on Key Package of Services
o Quick stock taking on the Revised Key Package of Services and its progress and challenges over the past year
NSACP officials, Civil Society Organisation members and many other respected members of the HIV response in the country were present at this event.