Liberia Launches Six-Year Roadmap for Responding to HIV and AIDS

indexThe National AIDS Commission of Liberia and partners launched the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (NSP) 2015-2020.   The document is an evidenced-based strategic plan that provides a framework for how Liberia as a nation plans to address the epidemic of HIV and AIDS during the period (2015-2020). The NSP is informed by the results of several studies and research including the Liberia Demographic and Health Survey 2013; the 2012 Global AIDS Response Progress Report; the National AIDS Spending Assessment; Integrated Bio-Behavioral Surveillance Survey; Stigma Index Study, and ART Cohort Study. It was developed by the National AIDS Commission and a cross section of partners including the UN Theme Group in Liberia; multilateral and bilateral partners; faith based organizations and civil society organizations.

As a national document, the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan 2015-2020 has a vision to create an AIDS-free society. It will also serve as the basis for driving the decentralized, multi-sector national HIV response led by the National AIDS Commission. The goals of the NSP 2015-2020 are 1.) to stop new HIV infections and 2.) to keep people living with HIV alive and healthy in Liberia

In order to achieve the above vision and goals, the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (2015-2020) has seven (7) key intervention areas. Each area has a set target, strategies, and activities to be implemented. The seven thematic areas of the NSP are 1) Preventing New HIV Infections – Non-Clinical; 2) Preventing New HIV Infections – Clinical; 3) HIV Prevention Programs for Key Populations; 4) Condom Promotion and Distribution; 5) HIV Treatment, Care and Support; 6) Critical Social and Programmatic Enablers and 7) Synergies with Development Sectors.

According to a release from the National AIDS Commission, considering the overwhelming impact of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on the national HIV and AIDS response, which led to the suspension or slowing down of many of the HIV services in the country, the launch of this strategic document signifies a national reactivation and refocusing of efforts on addressing the HIV and AIDS pandemic in the country.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.