Over the years HIV care has advanced with the use of antiretroviral therapy and the pharmaceutical companies continue to develop better drugs. The Caribbean has had access to some of these newly developed drugs such as the integrase inhibitor, Dolutegravir and this has been added to treatment guidelines. Some countries including The Bahamas in our diaspora have taken on the PrEP initiative. But is there a secret race to be the best country in the Caribbean as it relates to HIV Care or is it that we are aiming to achieve one common goal: control of the HIV epidemic and will use the "together we stand but divided we fall" approach?
The South to South Learning Exchange held in the Bahamas from May 6-10, 2019 provided an opportunity for Caribbean countries to really reflect and focus on their best practices in HIV care in the region.
Through the use of vision boards each country highlighted the success and 'let their guards down' in sharing openly the challenges they face in their national programmes. On a daily basis we reflected on our vision boards, thinking through solutions to these challenges.
Although we came from different cultural backgrounds we brought experience and knowledge which proved to be instrumental in assisting our programmes.