AIDS Commission to hold consultative meeting

AIDS Commission to hold consultative meeting

Staff Reporter

MASERU

THE National AIDS Commission (NAC) will hold a consultative meeting in Thaba-Bosiu today to map out how to coordinate the fight against the pandemic.

The NAC, through what it calls the National Coordination Framework (NCF), seeks to articulate the institutional arrangement for an efficient and effective coordination to fight the disease.

It also seeks to define the roles and responsibilities of the different stakeholders and identify the linkages between the different coordinating structures at the national, district and community levels.

“The framework will further contribute to the improvement of good governance, accountability and transparency and in particular promote ownership of the response by stakeholders and communities,” the NAC’s NCF document reads.

“Improved efficiency and effectiveness of the national response coordination is necessary in leveraging additional resources, technical assistance, facilitating skills transfer, exchange of experiences and best practices between partners, sectors and communities,” the document reads.

“These will also enhance equitable distribution of resources and services to all people in need, including key populations and vulnerable groups.”

In the context of this coordination framework, coordination has been defined as “a process of bringing different organisations together into an efficient and effective relationship with the aim of harmonizing, aligning and creating synergy between programmes and service delivery, and rationalizing the use of resources to achieve common goals and priorities, and promote national accountability and ownership”.

The National HIV and AIDS policy forms the basis of national framework for coordination and management of the national response, complemented by the 3-Ones Principle.

The coordination of the response is further informed by the National Decentralisation policy taking cognizance of the roles of councils in the response.

It is anticipated that coordination will take place at different levels such as national, district, community and sector levels.

At the national level, coordination is said to be more complex and dynamic involving government, civil society, private sector and development partners.

“At this level coordination revolves around issues of joint planning and programming, resource mobilisation, policy development, technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation,” the NCF document reads.

“The complexity in coordination arises from the different stakeholders’ mandates, roles and responsibilities, and accountability channels,” it reads.

The key national level coordinating structures are, among others, the NAC for the multisectoral response and the Ministry of Health for the health sector response.

In the district and community coordination level, it is facilitated by the District AIDS Committees while at community level coordination is facilitated by the community councils AIDS Committees.

In every district it is expected that district AIDS committees will be established and the existing ones strengthened.

This will be in line with the government’s decentralization policy and taking cognizance of the restructuring of the Ministry of Local Government.

 

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