29 9 / 2014

PSM Workshop Held in Livingstone, Zambia – September 2014

A unique Procurement and Supply Chain Management (PSM) workshop has recently concluded in Zambia. It brought together PSM specialists from both government and UNDP to share best practice on PSM. The forecasting, purchase, shipment, delivery, storage and distribution of life saving drugs is a critical success factor for Global Fund grants to contribute to an effective response to HIV, TB and Malaria.    

The Main Themes were:

  1. UNDP Partnership with the Global Fund, Long Term Arrangements (LTA) Architecture and Procurement Planning.
  2. Sub-Recipient Management and UNDP Partnership.
  3. Quality Assurance, Capacity Development and Knowledge Management.

http://www.undp-globalfund-capacitydevelopment.org/home/cd-toolkit-for-hivaids,-tb-malaria-responses/implementation/functional-capacities/procurement-and-supply-management.aspx#content

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28 9 / 2014

New Ministry of Health ART Clinics in #Zambia funded by the Global Fund 

Opening ceremony of one of 39 clinics being built by UNDP in #Zambia. This one clinic will serve 200 #HIV patients per day. UNDP supports the treatment of 600,000 people living with HIV across this country, including HIV drugs, testing equipment, and infrastructure.

26 9 / 2014

South Sudan - Accounting for International Development (AfID) providing coaching and mentoring to Ministry of Health National HIV, TB and Malaria programs in partnership with the Global Fund and Ecobank and in collaboration with PSI and UNDP 

25 9 / 2014

Social Media and Key Populations

The National Network of People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) and Youth Engage National Youth Alliance (Y.E.) is prototyping an eNetwork using social media platforms to enhance communication for Youth living with, vulnerable to, or affected by HIV in Zimbabwe. To be launched in October the eNetwork will use the popular WhatsApp to act as a catalyst for engaging and networking Key Populations. The eNetwork will be designed by the users themselves through an iterative process facilitated by ZNNP+ and Y.E. in partnership with the Zimbabwe UNDP country office supported by the UNDP Innovation Facility, with visionary support from the Danish government.

ZNNP+ and Y.E. Partnership

ZNNP+ is one of the first networks of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) in Africa and is one of the NGOs that have spearheaded work to compliment the Zimbabwean government’s national HIV response, focusing mainly on people living with HIV from all walks of life including sex workers, young people and people living with disability among others. Registered in 1999 (PVO 2/99), the network is a national umbrella body whose mandate is to represent and coordinate the interests of networks and support groups of PLHIV, with a national coverage and a membership of over 50 000 PLHIV.  ZNNP+’s Vision is to create an environment where people can live positively. While its Mission is committed to be the leading national organization for advocating and lobbying for the rights of PLHIV to improve their quality of life.

Y.E. is a local youth membership organization with a voluntary membership network for young people between the ages of 15 and 35 years. Its focus is to draw members from the provincial and national level in Zimbabwe to challenge and mitigate HIV related stigma, silence, denial, discrimination, inaction and mis-action through equipping, connecting and empowering young people living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS.

 

Innovative technology currently being utilized in a hospital to manage and track HIV patients.

Youth Engage and ZNNP+ have identified the opportunity of innovative approaches to improve access and availability of Youth friendly comprehensive sexual and reproductive health, HIV policy implementation and service provision, including sex education to young key affected populations. In addition to address gender and social norms that fuel high risk behaviors among young people. The prototype aims to address this through social networking and access to mobile technology to ensure that young people in Zimbabwe are making use of the already existing social media platforms’ in advocating for political commitment around Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at country level.

 The main activities of the planned programme include:

  • Innovation Station by ZNNP+ and Youth Engage for the youth eNetwork on the use of mobile technology and social media as communications and advocacy tools in Zimbabwe
  • Public debate on youth’s use of Technology in advocacy and Information dissemination Inc. youth in hard to reach areas ”A case for Zimbabwe”
  • Small-scale creative media campaign that highlights youth’s challenges on Sexual Reproductive Health and HIV prevention in country and the importance of using technology platforms for communications.
  • Partner meeting to explore further areas for collaboration innovative use of   mobile technology and social media
  • Creation of data base for issues raised by the youths and how issues are solved
  • Dissemination of information via social networks and getting issues from them via e-forums ( two way process)
  • Shooting videos on most significant change stories and best practices and uploading / sharing these on  social media

To make meaningful impact ZNNP+ and Youth Engage will create ‘The Basecamp’ platform accounts for sharing updates on youth emerging issues from their different stations, While the Dropbox  accounts will be used for sharing policy documents with the lead groups of young people, Two e-mail List-serves for feedback on documents shared will also be created. Vibrant social media including WhatsApp, Facebook, page platforms for both organizations and a twitter account for information dissemination and to reach a critical mass of young people.

http://www.undp-globalfund-capacitydevelopment.org/

24 9 / 2014

Financing HIV, TB and Malaria Responses

Under the Global Fund New Funding Model, concept notes are currently being finalized to support the national responses for HIV, TB and Malaria, together with Health Systems Strengthening over the next three years. If successful this will enable the national entities in South Sudan to access a significant investment of $135 million over the next three years.

Simon Akuei Chairman Ecobank South Sudan

The innovative public private partnership between the Global Fund, Ecobank and Ministry of Health in South Sudan will initially seek to strengthen the financial management systems and capabilities of the national programs for the three diseases.  In addition to drawing on the expertise in the Global Fund and Ecobank, a partnership with Accounting for International Development (‘AfID’) will deliver pro bono training, coaching and mentoring for selected beneficiaries by qualified accountants.

South Sudan CCM Chair introducing the partnership

Strengthening National Systems

The formal launch in Juba involved the partners working closely with the national stakeholders to set out the approach, present the overall goal and agree communication protocols. The priorities for this initial support have been informed by self assessments facilitated by the Local Funding Agent (LFA) and a broader Capacity Development Plan which is currently being finalized. Another important element is the guidance and implementation support that will be provided by Population Services International (PSI) and UNDP who are in the role of interim Principal Recipients for the Global Fund grants.

Marion Glexinor Global Fund Fund Portfolio Manager introducing the importance of country dialogue.

The tailored training, coaching and mentoring in the remainder of 2014 will include; Budgeting, Forecasting and Variance Analysis; Software and Accounting Procedures; Financial Reporting (Process, templates etc.); Cash and Treasury Management (FX and Cash management, including advance management); Process , Procedures & Non-Compliance; Internal Audit ; HR Structure/ Issues; SR Oversight; Payment Modalities (Cash, Bank & Mobile, credit cards); and Asset Management.

The training and work based support will be delivered by 2 qualified volunteer accountants from AfID. In addition trainings will be delivered by various technical experts from Ecobank South Sudan, which will leverage expertise in the fields of banking services and treasury management

Zenzo Ncube introducing Accounting for International Development 

The Partnership Objectives Include:

  • Contribution to the fight against the three diseases with a direct impact on lives saved.
  • Strengthen financial management capabilities of the nominated Sub Recipients (SRs).
  • Utilisation of private sector expertise from qualified Accountants and Ecobank technical experts to deliver financial and accounting support for the nominated SRs.

Robert Wabbi Ecobank on Public Private Partnership

Provide innovative solutions aligned to the financial needs of grant implementers, with the aim of building financial management capacity and technical expertise of the staff employed by the nominated SRs to improve the performance of the grants, increase the country ownership and ensure the sustainability.

UNDP Principal Recipient for HIV and TB

For Further Information see;

http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/mediacenter/newsreleases/2014-09-23_Ecobank_Expands_Partnership_with_Global_Fund/

PSI Global Fund Principal Recipient for Malaria

18 9 / 2014

Country Impact Pages

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Check out the HIV, TB and Malaria results in over 20 countries in the country impact feature. The country impact pages provides at-a-glance information about the key results and achievements in the countries where UNDP is interim principal recipient for Global Fund grants. 

In addition, the country impact pages provide a quick summary of the most important grant information along with a short narrative. The country pages can be downloaded as pdf files for easy distribution or printing. 

Click here to see the country impact pages

23 8 / 2014

Key Affected Populations (KAPs)

New support from the UNDP Global Innovation Facility for “Results communication for Key Affected Populations” will commence implementation in September.  

Barriers to accessing services, including life-saving medicines, remain a significant challenge for Key Affected Populations (KAPs), who include those communities such as sex workers, people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men, who are most likely to be living with HIV. KAPs also include women and children in sub-Saharan Africa who are disproportionately affected by HIV and TB due to stigma and discrimination, compared with the general population.  In order to create greater demand for and access to services for KAPs, the initiative will use communication platforms and social media tools to communicate services and results to KAPs in sub-Saharan Africa and urban areas in LDCs in Asia, and provide them with the opportunity to monitor and evaluate performance of national HIV and TB programs funded by the Global Fund. This will require that relatively high-risk and innovative approaches are adapted to address the challenges.

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Network supporting People Living With HIV

UNDP Innovation Facility

The UNDP Innovation Facility supports initiatives that:

  • enable national development actors to co-create value
  • increase the understanding of the role and value of innovation for development
  • support social innovators both within the organization and from the broader development community

Communicating Results

The innovative approach to enhance communicating results for KAPs has the following broad deliverables;

  • The innovative communication of results to      Key Affected Populations designed and prototyped, with a focus on      Sub-Saharan Africa and urban areas in least developed countries (LDCs) in      Asia.  KAPs monitor and provide feedbacks on the results which is      used to inform and help mobilize KAPs and to raise awareness of the role      and value of innovation;
  • The innovative communication of the UNDP /      Global Fund Portfolio of results designed and monitored, by enabling end      users to monitor and provide feedback on the communication of results and reach      out to those who have not traditionally been involved in the development process;

By tapping communication platforms, social media and mobile technologies, the initiative will directly involve KAPs, who are the hardest to reach, by engaging them as end-users in design and prototyping of communications as well as in the monitoring and evaluating of the activities. The resulting products and emerging lessons will be fed back into the results reporting platforms and social media.  It will also raise awareness of the role and value of innovation.

http://www.undp-globalfund-capacitydevelopment.org/ 

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Discussing Community Needs

06 8 / 2014

Rates of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in many countries across South Asia are significantly higher than those in all other adult groups. The Commission on AIDS in Asia (2008) estimates that MSM and transgender populations could account for greater than 50 percent of all new HIV infections
in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020. 

A critical contributing factor for this is that MSM and transgender people experience significant barriers to quality health care due to widespread stigma against same-sex sexual behavior and ignorance about gender variance in mainstream society and within health systems.

To address these critical issues and reduce the impact of and vulnerability to HIV of MSM and transgender people, the Multi-Country South Asia (MSA) Global Fund HIV Programme was formed, funded through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Operating in eight countries in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), the overall goal of the programme is to reduce the impact of, and vulnerability to, HIV of men who have sex with men, hijras and transgender people through Community Systems Strengthening(CSS).

The programme supports building the capacity of in-country and regional community-based Sub-Recipient organizations engaged in service provision (HIV prevention, care and support services), policy development and advocacy, partnership building with local governments and health departments, research related to MSM and transgender issues, and on creating stronger community systems to support and sustain this work.

The programme is currently in Phase 2 (MSA-910-G02-H), which will run from July 2013 to December 2015. The United Nations Development Programme Asia-Pacific Regional Centre serves as interim Principal Recipient of this grant. 

 

For more information:

Programme webpage: http://asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/operations/projects/overview/multi-country-south-asia-global-fund-hiv-programme/

Fast Facts: http://asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/library/hiv_aids/fast-facts—multi-country-south-asia-global-fund-hiv-programme 

Sub-Recipient Profiles: http://asia-pacific.undp.org/content/dam/rbap/docs/hhd/rbap-hhd-2014-sr-profiles.pdf 

Collection of knowledge products published by the MSA Global Fund HIV Programme: http://issuu.com/undpasiapacific/stacks/3cf6eab90e614ef298f37e4b405caabb 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msagfhivprogramme 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/msagfhivprgm 

04 8 / 2014

Capacity Development for National Entities; 

UNDP’s Global Fund partnership functions as interim Principal Recipient (PR) for Global Fund grants in more than 20 countries.  Part of UNDP’s responsibility is developing national capacities with the aim of transitioning the PR role to a national governmental and/or non-governmental partner.

 The idea of transition is to strengthen national ownership and long-term sustainability by focusing on the ability of national partners to develop and implement programmes and projects in the health sector. The capacity development process supports transition by helping to manage the risks of transferring responsibility, while working to strengthen the requisite systems, processes and skills.

Data quality, reporting and management in Belize

 Capacity Development Process;

UNDP and its country offices supports this capacity development process through engagement of partners, by assessing current capacities assets and needs, and by supporting planning and prioritization of capacity development actions and milestones. This is done whilst simultaneously implementing the programme activities that ensure delivery of life-saving services to those affected by HIV, TB and malaria.

 Part of the process of strengthening national capacities is learning and sharing the lessons learned, within each grant or programme, but  also across programmes, countries or regions. During the last six months UNDP’s Global Fund partnership has increasingly emphasized the sharing of results, experiences and lessons learned. This increased attention has resulted in the following case studies:

 

Systems and procedures manage supply chain management in Zambia

The case studies all include a series of lessons learned. Capacity development is an ongoing process and there are always further challenges which are summarized below:

  •  Investments in skills and infrastructure should be leveraged towards institutional strengthening by linking investments and training to larger organizational goals and treating them as means rather than ends in themselves;
  • Systems and processes for communication and rapid feedback loops play a crucial role in programme implementation and their importance cannot be underestimated;
  • Often, under Global Fund grants civil society organizations (CSOs) will be the important entities that can go the ‘last mile’ and reach key populations. Fostering partnerships with both governmental and non-governmental partners can therefore be the key to successful service delivery and an integral a part of the national capacity;
  • UNDP as interim PR should work closely with Sub-Recipients and national partners in response to the three diseases. Joint planning and implementation will help a smoother transition to a national partner;
  • Successful capacity development requires dedicated monetary and staffing resources and should be integrated in the programmes as early as possible. Thinking towards increased national capacity from the beginning will ultimately contribute to the sustainability and reduce risks of the national responses.

 You can read more about our work on capacity development under Global Fund grants here.

National Malaria Programme in Zimbabwe.

23 7 / 2014

Strengthening National Implementation of HIV and TB programs in Juba South Sudan