The National AIDS Council (NAC) is the principal coordinating agency of the many actors involved with HIV and AIDS in PNG. At the national level, NAC and its secretariat (NACS) are responsible for the formulation, review and revision of the national policy for the prevention, control and management of HIV and AIDS and for monitoring and coordinating the implementation of the NHS. NAC provides sectoral coordination and leadership, promotes the NHS strategy, and provides high level approval of the annual HIV implementation plans and budgets of all partners.
As the primary body responsible for the implementation of the national HIV response, NAC is required to report to, and is ultimately responsible to, the National Parliament. At the whole of government level, the linkage between NAC and the Central Agencies Coordinating Committee (CACC) and NAC and the Parliamentary Special Committee on HIV and AIDS (PSCHA) are also important but these have never been formalized. The NAC is supported technically by the NHS Steering Group (NHS SG) formally the NSP Steering Group. The NHS SG is responsible for reviewing the annual plans and budgets of all partners and recommending what will be included in the consolidated Annual Activity Plan (AAP) submitted to GoPNG.
The National AIDS Council Secretariat (NACS) was established to support NAC in the formulation, review and revision of national policy and for monitoring and coordinating the implementation of the national response. As the operational arm of the NAC, NACS is ultimately responsible for the day-to-day management and coordination of the HIV response. To enable greater coordination of the national response, key functions of NACS include: coordination of donor activities, technical support to and facilitation of sector responses, technical support to and facilitation of NGO responses, coordination of technical support to provincial programs, oversight of national campaigns, providing the national knowledge management centre (repository of all reports on programs and evaluations, managing a database of HIV activities based on mapping, and coordinating all HIV research including dissemination of findings through the Research Coordination Unit), managing resources for the national response, including liaising with donors on funding of programs and identifying and mobilizing sources of funding, and M&E of the NHS and reporting on the status of both the epidemic and the response to NAC.