In August 2017, the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) and the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Partnership held a face-to-face South-to-South Learning Exchange to Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL), the only civil society organisation (CSO) providing antiretroviral therapy (ART) service delivery in the English-speaking Caribbean. The participating country teams, from The Bahamas, Barbados, and Guyana, were comprised of the National AIDS Programme Manager (NAP) and a CSO representative.
The aim of the exchange was to provide participants with the opportunity to learn how JASL has coordinated and collaborated with the Jamaican Ministry of Health and other CSOs in delivering comprehensive HIV services, including treatment, to key and vulnerable populations.
JASL's Role in the National Response
Since its inception twenty-five years ago, JASL has become the largest HIV/AIDS-focused, human rights, non-governmental organization (NGO), fighting against the spread of HIV in Jamaica. As a key implementing civil society partner of the Ministry of Health, JASL has expanded their work to include services focused on HIV education, prevention and linkage to and provision of care, treatment, care and support services, and advocacy for an enabling environment, all with the aim of preservation of human rights. JASL is also instrumental in rolling out activities targeted for key populations at risk for HIV.
Learning Exchange Event
The South to South Learning Exchange, which allows an organisation/host country that is successfully running a program to mentor and provide insight to participants, took place over a four day period and included a blend of didactic presentations and small group knowledge management (KM) techniques.
The KM techniques used during the learning exchange were carefully selected based on the size of the group and the desire to provide a learning space where JASL could share their experience and visiting participants would have the opportunity to share their experiences. Throughout the exchange, the following KM techniques were used to generate knowledge sharing.
Visioning board. Visually described the current status of and highlight the strengths and challenges around the 90-90-90 HIV treatment goals.
Pause and reflect. Provided opportunity to consider what participants had learned the previous day and briefly discuss key lessons they could apply to their local context.
Peer assist. Used to further understand the specific challenge each country team faced and to surface solutions from their peers.
Field visit. Observed a JASL community-based sex worker intervention.