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Bulletin September 2012

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September 2012

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he Regional REDCA+ Program, signed by the Secretariat for the Social Integration of Central America (SISCA, for its acronym in Spanish), which is executed on behalf of the Central American network of people living with HIV (REDCA+, for its acronym in Spanish) and funded by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is an example of the efforts of Governments and civil society towards the social integration of the Central American countries, in this specific case, addressing an essential issue for the development of the region, such as HIV/AIDS.

The primary and common goal between SISCA, REDCA+, and the REDCA+ Regional Program is the improvement of the quality of life of people living with HIV, through the strengthening of their technical and professional capacities. In this way, it is also essential to take firm steps towards the full recognition of the rights and duties of people living with HIV, but above all, to mark an end to all forms of discrimination towards PLHIV.


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Coordination Unit of Regional REDCA+ Program participate on Capacity Works Workshop September 17th to 19th, 2012.

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he Coordination Unit of Regional REDCA+ Program has participated on the Capacity Works Workshop. This is a model of work for sustainable development, driven by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The course was about the major factors of success and project management tools that GIZ develops worldwide since 2007. These can be adapted and applied by any local, national or regional level, with the goal of increasing the impact and sustainability of these in relation to time and to coordination with other stakeholders. “Capacity Works” is a model of work that combines different elements: the sustainable development pattern, the principles of advice that they have learned from more of 40 years of experience, the success factors and the focus on goals and results. These characteristics let to users, from the beginning of a project or program, consider all the stakeholders that could be interested. And take note of the objectives and results on whatever project we are work on

from a new legislation on health to a policy reforms or a development of a regional social system. To apply Capacity Works Model means an examination of a project´s roadmap, using the tools of the five success factors: strategy, process, structure, cooperation and learning and innovation. All of these are flexible and changeable in a dynamic stage. This capacitation has been done with the technical personal of the Social Integration Secretariat (SISCA, in Spanish), on the implementation of ODETCA Project.

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Regional REDCA+ Program develops the Political Advocacy Workshop in Guatemala September 25th, 2012.

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he Regional REDCA+ Program has developed the Political Advocacy Workshop and Social Comptrollership and Citizen Oversight at Guatemala. This workshop was driven to 25 directors and members of different organizations of the society. They participated on projects for social change and defense of the human rights of people with HIV from that country. This workshop was driven by specialists of Polytechnic University of Nicaragua (UPOLI, in Spanish). They had developed this same workshop to 50 participants on Costa Rica, with the purpose of strengthens the skills and capacities of people with HIV in national and regional leadership for local political advocacy and participation on the social process. Salvador Pacheco, represent of Life Association, said that this workshop “let us a space for a lot of thinking and sensibility. Now, we know that there are many peers for share information and coordinate for fight for a better quality of life for ourselves”.

Theses workshops will be replicated inside the organizations of some participants: “For us is important socialize this information and search or strengthen new leaders on the matter”, has said Pacheco. This workshop is developed to two groups of 25 people each one. The next will be in October, in Guatemala and Belize. 

Edson Galindo, Par VIH-Sida educator, emphasized the opportunity of “strengthens our knowledge on the topic and learn about the experience of other leaders”.

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Coordination Unit of Regional REDCA+ Program participate on Regional Health Communication Workshop September 4th to 6th, 2012.

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he Coordination Unit of Regional REDCA+ Program participated on the Regional Workshop for the Build of Communication Products of Health, Risk Communication and Disasters Preventions. This was organized by the Executive Secretariat of the Health Ministry Council of Central America and Dominican Republic (SE-COMISCA, in Spanish), in San Salvador City, El Salvador. In this workshop, has participated The Regional Net of Communicators of Health, integrated by people responsible of the communication offices of every ministry of health of Central America and Dominican Republic and other communicators of some SICA’s secretariats involved on this sector. This workshop had the purpose of strengthens the skills and capacities of communicators for develop messages and communication products with equality gender focus. And they learned about the use of communication tools and ideas for the prevention of chronicle diseases, the risk communication and the communication of the human rights. In this meeting, it was exposed the national communication experiences, with the purpose that the successful strategies will generate ideas for the construction of new communication models with a

regional perspective and a strategy of communication that will be execute on 2013. The Coordination Unit of Regional REDCA+ Program has the purpose of make ties and creates cooperation between different governmental institutions and other organizations for accomplish of its strategic objectives and its Communication Regional Plan. Additionally of the governmental health institutions of the region, had participated communicators of the Nutritional Institute of Central America and Dominican Republic (INCAP, in Spanish), the National woman Institute of PanamĂĄ, the Integral Center of INCAP for the Chronicle Diseases (CIIPEC, in Spanish) and the Social Integration Secretariat (SISCA, in Spanish).

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Secretary of REDCA+ participate at II RCM Reunion

September 10th, 2012.

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he Regional Secretary of the Central America Network of People with HIV (REDCA+), Lic. Otroniel RamĂ­rez, has participated on the II Reunion of Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) holds on Guatemala City, from September 5th to 6th, 2012. The purpose of this meeting was the tracing of the coordination process of the regional efforts. Also, it was an opportunity for share of information and experiences, the formulation of public policies and the participative integration of the regional cooperation agendas for an effective response to HIV. In this meeting it was analyzed the projects and activities of the region, that are supported by the execution of the Strategic Regional Plan of HIV and the regional policies of HIV, also the new proposals of regional efforts. Moreover, it was revised the execution of agreements for tracing the resolutions about HIV of the Council of Health Ministries of Central America and Dominican Republic. And it was defined actions to response the regional challenges of HIV-AIDS.

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Secretary of REDCA+ participated at Evaluation of the Middle Term of the Cooperation Framework between CA and USA September 10th, 2012.

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he Regional Secretary of the Central America Network of People with HIV (REDCA+), Lic. Otoniel Ramírez, had participated on the Meeting of Evaluation of the Middle Term of the Cooperation Framework between Central America and United States, held in Guatemala City, from September 4th to 5th. What this Meeting focused on was the evaluation of the progress of the Cooperation Framework on the response to the HIV-AIDS on the region. Also, it was analyzed the better effective fields of work and the better efforts of coordination between the Aid Agencies with the Cooperation Agencies of the USA, for a better response in each country and in the region. In this meeting, it was attended the key stakeholders of the fight against HIV: national governments, nonprofits, cooperation agencies and the technical team of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). They analyzed the progress and challenges, in the framework of the cooperation agreement of the United States and the Health Ministries Council of Central America and Dominican Republic.

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Secretary of REDCA+ attended to the Partnership Framework Policy Monitoring Workshop September 11th to 14th.

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he Regional Secretary of the Central America Network of People with HIV (REDCA+), Lic. Otoniel Ramírez, attended to the Workshop “Partnership Framework Policy Monitoring”, held at Miami, United States, from September 11th to 14th. This workshop was facilitated by the Global Office of AIDS of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The purpose was strength the capacities of tracing of public policies on the region, in the framework of the cooperation agreement of the United States with the Health Ministries Council of Central America and Dominican Republic. Also, this workshop had the purpose of strength the capacity of the technical staff of the government, nonprofits and the cooperation agencies of the USA, for tracing the progress of creation and reform of public policies. This workshop was exposed by specialists of the Washington University. They taught this knowledge with the following objectives in mind: • Support the share of the progress and challenges of the tracing of the commitments of the policy of the cooperation framework. • Review the methodologies of the key policies for its application and tools of tracing. • Review the tools that can help as a guide for develop of futures cooperation agreements, actions plans and tracing work.

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