GEORGETOWN: Dereck Anthony Springer has been appointed Director of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP).
Springer, a public health practitioner, behavioral scientist and strategic manager, brings to the position 20 years of experience in the health sector, focusing on HIV and mental health. His experience in policy, management and program implementation at the national and regional levels has been facilitated by his work with civil society, government, regional and international technical assistance agencies.
Prior to this appointment, Springer served as Strategy and Resourcing Officer in the PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat, providing broad-based leadership to PANCAP’s resource mobilization and strategic planning platform.
Springer also had responsibility for the management of the PANCAP Coordinating Unit’s component of the Global Fund Round 9 Grant. He previously served as a regional consultant in several health and development programs and as the National Coordinator of Voluntary Counselling and Testing for the Ministry of Health Guyana and as UNAIDS’ Focal Point in Guyana. He was also the Senior Advisor at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Global AIDS Program.
Springer said his top priority for PANCAP is to provide leadership to create a supporting environment for eliminating stigma and discrimination against people with HIV and AIDS and build consensus around the principles of human rights by promoting the roadmap of the PANCAP Justice for All program.
Springer said he looked forward to providing the leadership required for re-engineering PANCAP and retooling the PANCAP Coordinating Unit to be responsive to the changing global HIV landscape within the milieu of health and development.
Springer said he plans to utilize persuasive public health and economic evidence to make a case for prioritizing HIV and obtaining the commitment required for country ownership and shared responsibility, key elements for sustaining the region’s response towards an AIDS-free generation.
Springer called on the wider Partnership to join him and the PANCAP Executive Board in their resolve to deliver on the Caribbean region’s commitments to achieve the targets of the 2010 PANCAP Tenth AGM Resolution and the 2011 UN High Level Meeting, including stopping new HIV infections, keeping people alive, stopping stigma and discrimination and widening the scope of the response.
Springer, who succeeds Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland, reaffirmed his commitment to a broad-based consultative process in concluding the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework (CRSF) 2014-2018, which will guide the Partnership’s response and his work.
PANCAP was set up by regional governments in 2001 to coordinate the Caribbean response to HIV and AIDS.