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Juliet Bynoe-Sutherland is Director of PANCAP

Juliet Bynoe-Sutherland is Director of PANCAP

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The Secretariat of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) has a new Director, Juliet Bynoe-Sutherland.{{more}}

A national of Barbados and an Attorney-at-Law by profession, Bynoe-Sutherland brings to the post a background in law, political science, health policy and planning. She has had more than 16 years of regional and international experience in public health, having worked in Barbados, the United Kingdom, and the USA, in key areas relevant to HIV and AIDS, specifically health systems reform, tertiary care, palliative care and national AIDS programme planning.

Most notably, she served as a senior Health Planner with the Ministry of Health, Barbados, and held appointments as Research Fellow and Lecturer with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College, London and University of the West Indies, HIV/AIDS Research Programme (UWIHARP). She also led private sector HIV initiatives as Executive Director of the AIDS Foundation of Barbados.

A committed gender advocate, she was recently appointed as a Regional Gender Advocate for the Caribbean Coalition on Women and Girls/UN Women. She is interested in policy and law reform in the Caribbean Region, particularly in enhancing the human rights of PLHIV, children, and vulnerable communities. In addition to incorporating an emphasis on gender and human rights advocacy, she intends her tenure as Director to be characterized by a re-engagement with countries and adoption of new strategies for enhancing PANCAP’s coordination and resource mobilization functions.

In a brief interview after the announcement of her appointment as Director of the 10-year old Partnership, Bynoe-Sutherland stated that it was a privilege to have been selected to serve the region at this critical juncture of PANCAP’s existence and to help to play a role in fostering the regional movement.

“I look forward to working with the team and our committed partners to end the dual epidemic of HIV and related stigmas, she said.”

The new Director disclosed that her immediate focus will be “to shift the organization into being a more country-focused, target-driven, learning organization, which is able to respond flexibly to emerging needs. “I am cognizant that we are all now working in a resource constrained environment. However, by focusing on results and value for money, PANCAP will be able to attract resources and maintain the confidence of our leaders”, she added.

PANCAP was established in 2001 by Caribbean governments to coordinate the Caribbean’s response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

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