panel conversation: improving access to health services for men
A panel conversation method was used to hear the perspectives from participants from three countries on how their program or national response is improving access to health services for men. To provide context to where the region is in terms of men, their status, and their health-seeking behaviors, a member of the PANCAP Working Group presented a situational analysis. The panelists, from the Barbados Family Planning Association, the Ministry of Health Grenada, and the Ministry of Health Belize, each spoke for ten minutes on their particular initiatives to engage men in health services. The floor was then opened to other participants to share comments and ask questions to the panelists. The session included two facilitators, also members of the PANCAP Working Group, from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
abstract capacity building activity
The PANCAP-K4Health team embarked on an abstract capacity building activity in the months leading up to the share fair, with the goal of enhancing the skills of regional implementers to document and share their program successes, both regionally and internationally, at conferences. The activity outputs were also envisioned to be shared through the knowledge café session of the share fair. The team provided the participants with abstract guidelines and a template and held two skills-building webinar sessions on writing an abstract and creating a poster. The small review team provided participants with feedback on their draft abstracts and posters in order to improve and strengthen their submissions.
In total, 19 submissions were made from six individual countries and two regional bodies – 11 from CSOs, seven from government, and one from the private sector. The participants printed and brought posters to the meeting – six were shared during the knowledge café session and the remaining thirteen were hung and shared during the NAP Manager and Key Partners Meeting, therefore providing a large audience in both meetings to benefit from the program successes happening in the regional HIV response.