This is a short report/update on the above action which took place in Sierra Leone on May 26, 2009. The Sierra Leone National HIV and AIDS Coalition, a Civil Society Organization, invited partners/stakeholders to a one-day self-assessment of the National HIV and AIDS Programme which was part of their activities on Global HIV Action Week held at the YWCA Hall. It was an initial stakeholders self-assessment of the National HIV and AIDS Programming which included representatives from the National AIDS Secretariat (NAS), Ministry of Education, Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), US Embassy, CSOs, NGOs and so on.
After a very vibrant and interesting introduction to the AIDS Competence Process (ACP) and brainstorming session on questions including what is working well and what is not working well on National HIV Programming, the 24 participants divided into three groups to conduct self-assessment of three practices on the HIV and AIDFS Self-assessment Framework. To cover all the 10 practices on the framework, each group covered three practices plus the last, which is Resource Mobilization.
Though time was a challenge, the outcome of the process was commendable. Participants expressed great interest in continuing to learn about the ACP. 'It is indeed an eye-opener, the process is new and unique, the discussions were great, we need more of this exercise': few comments from Coalition Members during After Action Review (AAR) session.
In closing, I want to extend special thanks to Ibrahim Kamara of Plan International Sierra Leone, a Coach and Coalition Member, who invited myself and Joseph Vandi, who is HIV and AIDS Lecturer at Milton Margai College of Education and Technology in Sierra Leone and a Coach-in-training as well. The Sierra Leone HIV Coalition members requested to be invited to join the electronic Ning platform which Ibrahim promised to honour.