The Multisectoral Plan for the Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections – STI and hiv (PEM) was passed for the period 2015-2019. This plan aims to strengthen the response to STIs and hiv by the State and the civil society through national, regional and local actions.
Pablo Anamaría, Asociación Vía Libre’s Program Director and activist for the community of people with hiv expressed his concern regarding the fact that the plan was created without the civil society’s contribution. He also exposed that there is a lack of indicators of preventive service coverage for the trans, lesbian, gay and bisexual community (LGBT).
In the same way, it is known that PEM requires budget allocation for its activities, but it will be financially supported to the extent that each sector manages a budget for the actions on an annual basis. This, according to Anamaría means that they will have to wait for the authorities’ good will to allocate a budget and to solve PEM’s financial problems. The community of people that have hiv in Peru must request a review of the approved Supreme Decree in order to include money from the public treasury that allows the activities to take place. He also added that is is necessary to monitor and supervise the implementation of the measures.
Finally, he said that the plan lacks several elements, and probably was issued because of civil society’s constant pressure and as a government’s way to justify the new regulations needed to meet the conditions requested by the Global Fund in order to access their financing.
In spite of all the criticism that can be made to the document and that should help built a better response to hiv, Peru already has a document that will guide the response to the epidemic for the next five years. The next step is to broadcast the document and operationalize its strategies and, in order to do so, the State agencies must allocate funds for the planned activities and the civil society will have to reinforce its role as vigilant of the commitments undertaken by the Government.