HIV is such a complex, multifaceted and convoluted issue that will continue to be a challenge & an upcoming crisis in the next decade or so in Fiji and the region. HIV is no longer a health issue but also has social, economic, development & security components. A lot of developments & achievements in the last decade, esp. in last 3-4 years have been recorded in Fiji to be in par with the international progress on HIV. Based on commitments at 2005 World Summit, building on 2001 UNGASS Declaration of Commitment on HIV, up scaling t/w Universal Access by 2010 will serve as a midpoint to achieve MDG 6 – to halt & reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015.
The Fiji response is documented in the multisectorial Fiji National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan 2007-11 that was developed after numerous consultations with all stakeholders. The priority areas identified as reflected in this strategic plan are:
- Priority Area 1: Prevention of HIV/AIDS & STI with identified vulnerable groups
- Priority Area 2: HIV/AIDS Clinical management, Drugs & Consumables Procurement, Laboratory Testings
- Priority Area 3: Continuum of Care for PLWHAs
- Priority Area 4: Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation
- Priority Area 5: Coordination and Governance