The Commission, through its HIV/TB Elimination Project (HTEP) and in partnership with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, works with implementing partners to provide comprehensive support to civil society organisations in the Eastern Caribbean who are engaged in the HIV response. This support, spearheaded by the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC), seeks to strengthen the capacity of these organisations to better serve persons infected and affected by HIV, and to create enabling environments in both community settings and public clinics, thereby encouraging equitable access to prevention care and treatment. It also seeks to provide redress mechanisms for persons who suffer stigma and discrimination.
In addition to community strengthening, HTEP also procures HIV testing supplies, condoms and lubricants, and life-saving antiretroviral medications (ARVs) for countries. All of this is made possible through the OECS's Pooled Procurement Services, which seeks to create economies of scale and reduce the financial burden that countries would face if procuring these commodities individually. Our partner, the Caribbean Med Labs Foundation (CMLF), works closely with countries to build capacity in HIV/STI testing as well as to improve the overall quality of laboratory services within the Region.
The OECS Commission remains committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS by collaborating with Ministries of Health and Development Partners to celebrate the hard work of communities as we strive to eliminate HIV/AIDS as a public health threat.