Collaborating and Learning to Achieve 90-90-90 A FOCUS ON MEN'S HEALTH SHARE FAIR

On March 14th, 2019 the PANCAP-K4Health partnership hosted the Collaborating and Learning to Achieve 90-90-90: A Focus on Men's Health Share Fair in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, building upon the project's previous knowledge exchange events occurring in the region since 2015. The Share Fair included 60 national AIDS program (NAP) managers and civil society organization (CSO) representatives from 18 countries in the region, including USAID priority countries Jamaica, Barbados, Suriname, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. Its main goal was for participants to share successful interventions being applied in the region in the HIV response and to continue to provide a space for NAP manager and civil society organization collaboration, as has been a focus for the partnership since inception. The majority of the information shared at at the event focused on what is being called a blind spot in the regional HIV response – men and their health – and how improvements in this vein could have a major impact on the region reaching the 90-90-90 targets. Other pertinent topics were addressed during an afternoon session including lost to follow-up, reaching and mobilizing members of the key populations for HIV services, providing anal care services, and engaging the private sector.

Several participatory knowledge exchange approaches were used to enhance the sharing and learning among those in the room including storytelling, panel conversations, a rich picture exercise, and knowledge cafés.

HASHTAG CHALLENGE & Expectation Board

A hashtag exercise was used as an icebreaker to start the share fair. Each table of participants was asked to create a hashtag related to health services for men. The tables shared and explained their hashtag and judges selected their favorite hashtag.

An expectation board was used to gauge what participants expected to get out of the share fair experience. Those expectations were shared at the beginning and hung in the room for reflection throughout the day.

rich picture exercise

In this creative and participatory approach, participants were given materials in order to visualize the barriers and opportunities for men's health services. Each group had time to explain their rich picture, with much of the explanation focused on the factors that inhibit as well as facilitate men accessing health services, particularly in the region.

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.

The event included a storytelling approach that received great praise from participants which was coined in the event as “Close Up.” The two storytellers provided a more personal view into their lives and shared how they overcame obstacles - one in their personal health-seeking behavior and the other in managing a heavy workload in the HIV response.

Close Up with Wayne

Trinidad and Tobago

Wayne, a Health Navigator with the LINKAGES Project in Trinidad and Tobago, shared his personal path to good health, to highlight how he, as a man, sought health services.

Close Up with francis


Dr. Francis Martin, Senior Medical Officer and NAP Manager for the Ministry of Health Grenada told an inspiring story of how he used music to overcome obstacles in his youth and how that passion has translated into him managing a heavy workload with decreased stress.

knowledge cafés

Knowledge cafés were used to allow the sharing of regional best practices and program successes occurring in the Caribbean's HIV response. The facilitators (also share fair participants) of each table provided a ten-minute overview of their program and then solicited feedback, questions, discussion, and suggestions from the participants. This process was repeated three times to allow participants to learn about three different topics that they can take back to their country and consider for adaptation. The topics of the knowledge cafés included:

  • A lost to follow-up initiative in Guyana
  • A cultural mediation strategy for reaching and mobilizing Latino sex workers in Suriname
  • A community site for increasing HIV service uptake by men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender persons in Barbados
  • A systematic private sector engagement through a food bank in Guyana's HIV response
  • An anal care service for MSM in Jamaica
  • An HIV advocacy strategy created by members of key populations in Saint Lucia

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.

At the conclusion of the event, participants were asked to evaluate the share fair. When asked if attendees would participate in future sharing events in the region, 94% answered "definitely," with the remaining participants answering "sometimes." When asked to describe the share fair in one word, participants responded with:

Amazing | Awesome | Appreciated

Exciting | Exceptional | Enlightening | Excellent | Empowering | Educational

Illuminating | Invigorating | Impactful | Informative | Innovative

Fantabulous | Growth | Needed | Openness | Phenomenal | Valuable | Trendy

Thank you to all of the Share Fair participants for their engagement!

For step-by-step guidance on planning your own share fair, browse K4Health’s Knowledge Management Collection.



This publication is made possible by the support of the American People through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project (AID-OAA-A-13-00068). The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, PEPFAR, USAID, or K4Health.

Photographer: Zwade Studio

Created By
Elizabeth Tully

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