2018 PEPFAR Country Operational Plans: How to Get Involved

Published: December 21, 2017

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With 2018 around the corner comes the beginning of the new PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP) and Regional Operational Plan (ROP) processes.

Early in January 2018, the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) will publish the final version of the 2018 PEPFAR COP Guidance. It is crucial that civil society advocates and key population groups

  • Understand the key directives of the 2018 COP Guidance
  • Remind PEPFAR teams of their responsibilities to key populations
  • Be prepared to report to OGAC and to their local, regional, and global civil society peers when and if PEPFAR teams fall short.

We encourage activists to read the Civil Society Rough Guide to the PEPFAR 2018 Country Operational Plan (COP) Process (available in FrançaisEnglish, and Português). This resource was prepared by the PEPFAR Watch Coalition to help civil society members get more involved in advocacy to influence what PEPFAR is doing in their country.

Key Dates for Civil Society in the 2018 PEPFAR COP Process

  • December 2017: PEPFAR teams should be able to provide local civil society organizations (CSOs) with country-level data (“POART data”) from Quarter 4 of PEFPAR’s 2017 programming.
  • January 2018: the formal PEPFAR process begins – this is the time to identify your priorities for change
  • The week of January 29rd: PEPFAR teams are scheduled to hold a “strategic retreat” that includes local CSO representatives to discuss the 2018 COP process.
  • February: Preparation for Regional Management Meetings (RMM): PEPFAR country and Washington DC teams, country and global civil society, government, UNAIDS and Global Fund gather in Johannesburg for five-day meetings where they will lay out the priorities for COP 18.
  • February 19-23: Meetings are held with PEPFAR teams from Group 1 and
    • RMM Group 1: Botswana, Cameroon, DRC, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
  • February 25— March 1: Meetings are held with PEPFAR teams from Group 2
    • RMM Group 2: Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Malawi, South Africa, Ukraine, Vietnam and Rwanda*
  • March: Country Operational Plan is drafted and Strategic Direction Summaries (SDS) are shared for feedback
  • March 15 (Group 1) and March 22 (Group 2): PEPFAR teams required to submit draft COPs (SDS) to OGAC
  • April 10-13 (Group 1) and April 17-20 (Group 2): PEPFAR COP Approval

As always, we greatly value receiving your thoughts and feedback, which help reinforce our advocacy efforts at local, regional, and global levels.

We thank you for your much-appreciated engagement with this critical  process.

The full Civil Society Rough Guide is available online here.

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Additional resources to help you take action to influence PEPFAR plans in your country or region can be found online at: healthgap.org/pepfarresources 

Yours in global solidarity,
The MSMGF, and the PEPFAR watch coalition

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