role for Caribbean Conference of Churches
in fight against
HIV and AIDS Pandemic
Wednesday 19th April, 2006 will see the General Secretary
of the Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC), Gerard Granado,
in the role of chair to a meeting of the Committee of Champions
for Change II, which has been called together by the Pan
Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), an agency
of CARICOM. This Committee Meeting will be taking place at
the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad from 9.00
The CCC was nominated to a leadership
role in taking the process forward, in collaboration with
CARICOM/PANCAP, to establish a Committee to work on the
Plan of Action arising from the Champions for Change II
Regional Conference of Faith-Based Organisations to Reduce
Stigma and Discrimination. That conference took place from
November 22-23, 2005 in Georgetown, Guyana.
representatives of Faith Based Organisations of the CARICOM
region have already committed themselves and their membership
to staying informed about the HIV and AIDS pandemic and
to inform their membership in order to strengthen their
The Faith Based Organisations
(FBOs) of the CARICOM region will be represented on the
Committee by – Fr. Clyde
Harvey, Ms. Elizabeth Nicholas, Bishop Juan Edghill, Rev.
Cyril Paul, Mr. Nico Wagmeester, Fr. Harcourt Blackett, Mr.
Laurence Coward, Rev. Gerry Seale, Pundit Bramdeo Maharaj,
Mr. Sheikh Majid Ali, Ms. Angela Stultz.
of the Champions for Change II, from the CARICOM Secretariat,
Dr. Edward Greene, the Assistant Secretary General, Human
and Social Development will attend; and Ms. Beverly Reynolds,
PANCAP Deputy Programme Manager, Health Sector Development.
Several other representatives from regional
agencies including, Caribbean Regional Network for People
Living with HIV and AIDS (CRN+), Caribbean Coalition of National
AIDS Programme Coordinators (CCNAPC), Department for International
Development (DFID), and UNAIDS will also be in attendance.
The FBOs have already made a Declaration of Commitment to reduce
stigma and discrimination against People Living with HIV and
AIDS. The Committee will now examine the Declaration of Commitment
and the recommendations contained in the matrices of the Working
Groups emanating from the 2005 Conference in Guyana. The CCC
has been mandated to implement the decisions of the Conference.