More than 250 professionals working in the field of HIV and AIDS in Liberia are converging on the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, for the 2nd National HIV and AIDS Partners and Implementers' Conference.
The program is supported by the Global Fund and hosted by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare through the National AIDS Control Program in collaboration with the National AIDS Commission. It is expected to run from July 4th to 6th.
The conference, the largest annual event of its kind, brings together representatives from the Government of Liberia, NGO's and INGO's, researchers, people living with HIV and AIDS, civil society, faith based organizations, as well as those providing diagnostic, treatment and counseling services.
According to a joint press release, the theme of this year's conference is: "Turning the Tide: Building Resilience for Delivering Quality HIV Services in Liberia."
The release further disclosed that the three-day meeting is being convened to review national achievements against global commitments (indicators and targets), best practices, lessons learned, as well as challenges in providing HIV and AIDS prevention, care, treatment and support services.
These will be followed by recommendations for the next steps to improve the quality of HIV and AIDS services in Liberia.
The Second HIV and AIDS Partners and Implementers' Conference is a unique opportunity for donors, partners and implementers in the national HIV and AIDS response to compare notes and dialogue on how to strengthen the various HIV interventions in Liberia. It will also be an opportunity to review the performances of institutions who received grants from the Global Fund through the Ministry of Health to implement a three year project, as this year marks the second year of the grant.