Peru – Still Awaiting the Multisectoral Strategic Plan for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS

Bandera PerúIn 2012, with the technical and financial support of UNAIDS, and a team of consultants, the Multisectoral Strategic Plan for the prevention and control of STIs, HIV and AIDS 2013-2017 (PEM) was designed, whose comprehensive perspective would integrate those policies that include protection to those affected, and key populations.

Civil society organizations from different parts of the country, as well as representatives of various ministries and private companies participated in the process. Similarly, consultations were conducted in various regions of the country and included contributions from dozens of health care providers; all this in order to support the strategic axes, objectives, and activities of a plan that will guide the national response for five year.

After almost two years of the finalization of the document, authorities keep it saved without official approval through a Ministerial resolution or decree, as it has happened in the past.

According to various sources, the delay is because the document did not meet a certain change that must be present in order to be approved. Currently it is under review by the legal counsel of the Ministry of Health.

Although today Peru offers free antiretroviral treatment that reaches more than 25.000 people, the great efforts of prevention and care have not been consistent and many barriers still persist, one of them is the lack of a plan that will lead the response.

“PEM, as document guidance for prioritizing actions, policies and programs in the State, would give us the ability to measure the impact. At the moment there is no a PEM VIH, that’s why we do not have systematic actions of different sectors to make effective response to HIV. We can’t either measure the impact in terms of progress, what we see are isolated actions and weak stewardship of the MINSA (…) Not having a plan means that there is no political will, that the State is not taking international commitments”, said Guiselly Flores Arroyo, leader and activist, representative of people with HIV in CONAMUSA.

Activists seek to establish a political dialogue between the State and civil society organizations to make visible the importance of having a plan that guide and articulates the national response to HIV.

In previous weeks, civil society organizations have convened press conferences. Furthermore, they have also carried out seedlings and sent letters to the Minister of Health, Habich Midori, calling for dialogue. With these actions, civil society seeks to expedite the promulgation of the Multisectoral Strategic Plan for the fight against HIV and AIDS by the President and obtain the necessary resources for its adequate implementation.