This NSP 2012-2016 is envisaged as ‘the bedrock of scaling up towards Universal Access’. It builds ‘on past achievements and best practice and addresses the programmatic and information gaps’. It identifies strategic areas for intervention and programming. It is accompanied by an action plan and associated cost projections. The intent of the NSP is to provide strategic direction to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, the Ministry of Health, the AIDS Secretariat and all stakeholders in enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of the national programme response to HIV and AIDS.