The Caribbean Regional Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS (CRN+), the regional umbrella organisation that advocates for, and on behalf of Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV), convened a board meeting on 3-4 July 2017 in Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The meeting agreed on the membership of an Interim Board, which will serve from July 4, 2017, to July 3, 2018.
Mr Winfield Tannis-Abbott was elected the new Chair, Ms Ethel Pengel, Vice Chair, Mr Devon Gabourel, Secretary, Mr Purnell Christian-Thomas, Treasurer, Mr William Moultrie 111, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, Dr Felix Reyes, Assistant Treasurer and Ms Eloise Patricia Phillips, Board Member.
The Board also revised the Terms of Reference for the Advisory Group, reviewed and revised the Constitution, agreed on the term of the Board, reviewed the Strategic Plan and aligned its strategic objectives and activities to the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS (CRSF), the UNAIDS Fast Track Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals. It also noted the progress on implementation of some key activities and agreed on the process for the development of a Communication Plan, the frequency of meetings and reporting schedules.
The Meeting was also attended by Mr Jason Shepherd, Senior Programme Officer, Ms Nicola Taylor Advisor on Governance, Mr Dereck Springer, Director of PANCAP, Dr Carolyn Gomes, Executive Director, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC), Dr Shellon Bovell, Project Coordinator, Office of the Principal Recipient for PANCAP Global Fund Grant, CARICOM Secretariat, Ms Roanna Morton-Williams Bynoe, Coordinator – Monitoring and Evaluation, National AIDS Programme, Ministry of Health, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Further, the Board was updated on the financial support being provided to CRN+ by PANCAP, CVC, and the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund-Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+).