While Somaliland is considered to be one of the country’s with the lowest prevalence of HIV/ AIDS in the world, a turning point has not yet been reached where the country can safely say that it has completely eradicated epidemic. Renewed commitments have been made by Government, civil society and the private sector to focus and intensify implementation of the Somaliland HIV National Strategic Plan 2021-2023.

This integrated strategy is currently being developed in the education through collaboration between SOLNAC, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education etc in accordance with the Somaliland HIV National Strategic Plan and with new thinking globally on rolling back HIV and AIDS. The strategy relies on the framework of the NSP with prevention, treatment, care and support and research/monitoring arms together with efforts to mainstream and strengthen a systemic response to HIV and AIDS. It will also define interventions beyond the currently existing programs to respond more comprehensively to the epidemic.

This substantially widened focus implies that this strategy, once adopted, will guide the stakeholders in consultation with provinces and constituencies, towards a new national policy. Policy, in turn, will be carefully thought through by provinces and implemented in such a manner as to integrate with other provincial priorities and plans.

Given this move towards new policy, the target audience for the final strategy will include senior management within the MoE, Heads of Education Departments, regional and district coordinators, regional SOLNAC coordinators, educator unions and student organizations, supporting Non‐Governmental Organizations (NGOs), SOLNAC management and its partners, and aligned UN and other international agencies.

The first draft of the draft strategy has been enhanced through consultation with senior management from the MoE, MoHD and primary and secondary school teachers in Borama to produce the current version of the draft strategy (this document). It will be presented for wider consultation with relevant constituents in the sector. The final strategy will form the basis of a planning process involving relevant stakeholders at regional, district and school levels.

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