Say No to AIDS

The NACC and its Secretariat are the country’s coordinating mechanism for HIV and AIDS. The Secretariat provides Technical and Administrative support to the NACC. The National AIDS Coordinating Committee (NACC) is a multi-sectoral coordination committee which includes participation of major stakeholder groups such as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) AND Key Population Advocates (KPAs), Trade Unions, Government, international and regional agencies, academic and private sector organizations.

The NACC was re-established in December 2016 to coordinate the national multi-sectoral response, set priorities, goals and targets, advice and guide the Government of Trinidad and Tobago on HIV and AIDS Policy. As part of this function, the Secretariat also functions as the governmental focal point for the national response. As such, it is the focal point for HIV Coordinators, Technical Partners and CSO’s in coordination of the wider HIV and AIDS response.


Our Vision

A future without new HIV infections, reduced AIDS related deaths and no stigma or discrimination associated with living with HIV.



Our Mission

To challenge and encourage the national community to work in partnership to prevent and treat HIV and to mitigate its negative impacts.



Key Documents established by the NACC to supoprt the Goals of Ending AIDS by 2030 include the National HIV Policty and National Strategic Plan:

The NACC, its Secretariat and its respective implementing stakeholders are guided by the National Strategic plan and the National HIV policy to ensure that all activities within the HIV and AIDS response are effectively coordinated in accordance with national goals. The purpose of the HIV and AIDS Plan National Strategic Plan is to support harmonization of efforts by multi-sectoral stakeholders in addressing key areas that are necessary for collaborating as we combat the HIV and AIDS epidemic across Trinidad and Tobago.



establishes a broad, long-term socio-economic development framework for Trinidad and Tobago, towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) including HIV epidemic control, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Vision 2030 defines the priorities and overarching thrust of government policy in support of sustainable economic growth, improved social conditions and quality of life. This strategy explicitly aims for a national dialogue on cultural and behavioural shifts that are required to achieve development goals. A key underpinning principle is the adoption of an integrated whole of-government approach to pursuing cross-cutting national development objectives. The National HIV and AIDS Policy will align with and contribute to the achievement of the development goals articulated in the following Thematic Areas of the Vision 2030:

  •  Theme I - Putting People First: Nurturing Our Greatest Asset,
  •  Theme II - Promoting Good Governance and Service Excellence.

Of particular relevance is Theme 1 which is grounded in respect and dignity for all, particularly the most vulnerable, and the creation of a society in which the basic needs of all people are met and without poverty, discrimination, economic and social marginalization, disease and poor health and substandard living conditions. It underpins the Human Rights approach of this policy. Goal 1 also stipulates that in the short-term citizens would be empowered to lead healthy lifestyles. Thematic Area II aims to ensure excellent governance and service which are critical elements in ensuring a high standard of living and a good quality of life for all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.



  • Build and deepen multi-sectoral partnership (public, private, non-government) to achieve national commitment, support and ownership of the response to HIV and AIDS;
  • In navigating the country towards achieving the target of Ending AIDS by 2030, determine appropriate adjustments to the NACC’s governance model for maintaining the effectiveness of the national response to HIV and AIDS (new);
  • Coordinate and support activities pursuant to the reduction of the population’s susceptibility to HIV and AIDS;
  • Establish national goals and targets of the priority strategic areas and action plans;
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation and attainment of national goals, objectives and targets with respect to HIV and AIDS as identified in the national strategic plan;
  • Establishment of a database to support stakeholder engagement & human resource development (new);
  • Review and approve Budget Estimates from each implementing Ministry who have major portfolios in national response to HIV and AIDS (new);
  • Define a National HIV Policy and providing guidance on sectoral policies;
  • Identify training gaps and building capacity of stakeholders to mount an effective and sustainable response to HIV and AIDS;
  • Champion and accelerate the legislative agenda required to support HIV and AIDS responses, programmes and plans;
  • Undertake multidisciplinary research on issues related to the social, economic and psychological antecedents and the impacts of HIV and AIDS on individuals, families, communities, businesses and other sectors;
  • Collate information and prepare reports and briefs for local and international bodies;
  • Monitor and evaluate all aspects of the NGOs response to HIV and AIDS and establish systems to ensure accountability and achievement of stated goals and objectives;
  • Coordinate and provide guidance on the activities of the HIV and AIDS Coordinators in various Ministries;
  • Integration of HIV research with other areas such as sexually transmitted infections and sexual and reproductive health and wellness;
Say No to AIDS

“ A future without new HIV infections, reduced AIDS related deaths and no stigma or discrimination associated with living with HIV ”

This Policy is grounded in twelve underlying principles- political leadership and commitment, good governance, transparency and accountability, equity, gender equality, promotion and protection of human rights, collaboration, inclusion, community systems strengthening and participation, evidence based programming, regulatory role of the Ministry of Health, Efficiency and Sustainability.

  • Prevent new HIV infections and other STIs among general, key and vulnerable populations.
  • Scale up the provision and delivery of services, commodities, programmes along the prevention to treatment, and care and support continuum.
  • Ensure universal access to prevention, treatment and care services to all persons including Key and Vulnerable Populations.
  • Ensure universal access to prevention, treatment and care services to all persons including Key and Vulnerable Populations.
  • Create an enabling environment for all persons to access and use these services without stigma, discrimination or violence.
  • Define the institutional and legal framework for effective leadership, co-ordination and management of a multi-sectoral response to the HIV epidemic.
  • Increase the active and meaningful participation of PLHIVs, Key and Vulnerable Populations at all levels of the government, private sector actors in and beyond the health sector, and the community.
  • Affirm the protection of the human rights of KPs, Vulnerable Populations and PLHIV as central to the HIV response and as enabling factors for effective service provision without stigma and discrimination.
  • Establish the framework for the development of sustainable financing for the expanded response.
  • Provide guidance for the design, coordination and implementation of HIV and AIDS programmes and interventions in all sectors.
  • Establish and strengthen the framework for effective strategic information in decision-making, planning and policy formulation

The Policy sets out eleven outcomes dependent on eleven Policy Objectives:

  • Reduced new infections: By 2030 there would be a 95% reduction in new HIV infections in the general and key populations.
  • Reduced AIDS related deaths- By 2030 AIDS related deaths would be reduced by 95%.
  • Elimination of Mother to child transmission by 2025.
  • Increased knowledge of HIV Status: By 2025.
  • Increased persons on treatment: 95% of persons who know their status would be on treatment.
  • By 2025, 95% of persons on treatment virally suppressed
  • Decreased stigma and discrimination faced by PLHIV and Key Populations. By 2025, there would be a 95% reduction in stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV and by key populations. This would be achieved by everyone’s human rights being respected, protected and upheld.
  • Increase by 50% the percentage of PLHIV and KPs engaged in national response programmes.
  • An enabling environment which would promote universal access to services and resources and mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS.
  • Sustainability of the national response as evidenced by increased national funding and capacity.
  • Strengthened evidenced base and robust research agenda which is used for planning, decision-making, policy formulation and programme implementation.

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