Partnership with the Global Fund and UNDP is Making Significant Progress to Fight AIDs, Malaria and TB
The 2nd GF Donor Round Table Meeting- was held on 29th August 2012to discuss the goals of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria supported programs (GF) in Sudan and to discuss the actual impact of the GF supported programs on the ground. The meeting marks an important milestone in the partnerships under the UNDP-Global Fund supported programs. Key national partners include the Sudanese Government Ministries, National programmes as well as UN Agencies and civil society organizations. The Meeting was co-hosted by UNDP and the Sudan Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM)- the multi-sectoral local partnership mechanism that coordinates the contribution of the Global Fund support to the national response to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in Sudan.
The meeting was attended by H.E. the Federal Minister of Health, Mr. Bahar Abu Garda; The UNDP Resident Representative and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator-Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, The CCM Chair-The Under Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Isam Eldein Mohammed Abdallah; with the special attendance of the Head of Department for High Impact Africa I, Mr. Michael Byrne; UNDP Country Director, Mr. Sayed Aqa; as well as representatives from the diplomatic communities, The Global Fund Country Team Mission, partners from the national TB, HIV and Malaria programmes and UN Sister Agencies. The meeting witnessed fruitful discussions that outlined the future of the partnerships in Sudan and paved the way for meaningful future interventions with an emphasis on conducting the First GF Risk Management workshop of its kind with all stakeholders on 30 August 2012.
The Federal Minister of Health stated that UNDP-GF supported programs are important not just because of the monetary support they provide to Sudan but also because of the important contributions they have in developing national capacities in the health sectors combating the three diseases in Sudan. H.E. pointed out that Sudan has made use of the GF’s approximate 300 million USD support to the country which has resulted in saving many lives.UNDP Resident Representative Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator-Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari highlighted the progress of Sudan in relation to the MDGs, the importance of national ownership; as well as acknowledging the progress of Sudan towards reaching the MDGs deadline of 2015. He noted the substantial reduction in the malaria prevalence rate in Sudan from 6. 8% to1.8% and the malaria mortality rate reduction of more than 50% percent. Mr. Al-Za’tari stated that the Sudan National TB Program has enabled a TB treatment success rate of 82%; also acknowledging the progress in HIV/AIDS work in the country showing that in 2006, the number of people receiving anti-retro viral treatment were 265 and in 2012 they are 5, 532.
|Mr. Sayed Aqa , Dr. Isam Eldein Mohammed|
CCM Chair-Under-Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health-Dr. Isam Eldein Mohammed Abdalla highlighted that the GF grants are main contributors to the Sudanese Ministry of Health. Due to the progress in establishing national programmes and national strategies, with the support of the GF; the government is now allocating more funds to primary health care exemplified through an allocation of 20 Million USD within the next 4 months. A big part of this fund is to improve the capacity of local and national health care facilities throughout the country. This will contribute to further improving national capacities which will play a complimentary role to the UNDP-GF supported programs.
Head of Department, High Impact Africa I, Mr Michael Byrne- Mr. Byrne stated that the purpose of his visit to Sudan is to work with the MOH, national programmes and UN partners in exploring ways to strengthen the success of the GF supported programs in Sudan. In relation to funding in Sudan, Mr. Byrne emphasized the GF’s commitment to exert efforts to reinforce risk management systems and practices in Sudan and to identify and prioritize main risk areas facing the Sudanese context and clarifying roles all will play in addressing such risks. He also emphasized the importance of capacity building of the MOH and national programmes, as well as enabling an increased ownership role of national counterparts. He highlighted the importance of reaching sexual minorities and population at risk and the role civil society organizations.
UNDP Sudan Country Director-Mr. Sayed Aqa- commended the efficient way in which UNDP-GF supported programs are being implemented, recognizing the efforts of all those involved in this broad partnership. Mr. Aqa also highlighted how Sudan has a “fair chance” in reaching the MDG 6 target by 2015 due to the collaborative work and efforts of the UN family, partners, government and CSO counterparts as well as donors. He concluded that UNDP is fully committed to handing over the role of the Principal Recipient of the GF grants to the Sudanese government as soon as the necessary conditions are in place. He underlined the importance of long term sustainability of these programmes through their integration in national plans and budgets.
The Sudan Country Coordination Mechanism was established to ensure the Global Fund resources are used to support an approach that is country-driven, coordinated and multi-sectoral involving all relevant partners. In 2005, the CCM in Northern Sudan nominated UNDP as the Principal Recipient (PR) for the implementation of the GF supported grants for Northern Sudan. The total value of these grants administered by UNDP Sudan is USD 301 million, covering the period 2005-2014.
By Alula Berhe Kidani, 02/09/2012