19 10 / 2014

Ministry of Health in Partnership with The Global Fund @UNDP & @wfp have distributed 4.8 million ITN beds nets in #Zambia in preparation for the rainy season to reduce the number of cases of malaria.  

16 10 / 2014

One of 39 New ART Prefab Clinics in #Zambia brings together all of the services for #HIV Patients in one purpose designed facility, This innovative approach allows the patient to get; Counseling, Testing, Medical Diagnostics, ARVs and other Medication. The patients progress is tracked using a ‘Smart Care’ database updated during every visit.

09 10 / 2014

Innovation For #Youth Living or Affected by HIV

Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) and Youth Engage Partnership bringing together Youth Mobilization and HIV Advocacy.

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Facilitating the Youth representatives to identify the objectives of the Innovative use of social media   

New innovative project to equip the capacities of young people in advocating for their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and their Rights to HIV treatment and Care using social media and other approaches.

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Youth groups brainstorming the scope of social media to reduce barriers to services. 

The project launch aims to  deepen the exchange of information, experience and building learning on advocacy and social media specifically with the objectives below;

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Advocacy issues affecting Youth access to health services

  • To understand the role of Social media in advocacy work

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An iterative process to review issue and allow Key Affected Populations to shape responses and services. 

  • To outline how YE and ZNNP+ will roll out the new innovation project
  • To provide an in-depth explanation  on topical advocacy issues in SRHR and HIV

Member or Parliament and HIV Coordinator discussing policy engagement,

  • To provide a monitoring framework of the project and what key indicators to be collected
  • To come up with the road map of implementation, monitoring and reporting

HIV Coordinators and Youth Focal Points preparing to roll out the road map to prototype the use of social media in all provinces.

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This framed the intervention on innovative approaches learnig lessons from other national youth NGOs. 

"If there is something good you want to tell people about it"

06 10 / 2014

This week the partners have arranged for a one day training that will equip the capacities of young people in advocating for their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and their Rights to HIV treatment and Care using innovative approaches such as social media.

The one day training aims to  deepen the exchange of information, experience and building learning on advocacy and social media specifically on the following objectives,

  • To understand the role of Social media in advocacy work
  • To outline how YE and ZNNP+ will roll out the new project
  • To provide an in-depth explanation  on topical advocacy issues in SRHR and HIV
  • To provide a monitoring framework of the project and what key indicators to be collected
  • To come up with the road map of implementation, monitoring and reporting

05 10 / 2014

39 New ART Clinics

39 ART health clinics, fully equipped with necessary furniture are being constructed, transported, erected and commissioned all over Zambia. The value of this project is over USD$ 5 Million. See map below outlining geographical coverage of sites, some of them very remote and with complex accessibility.

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There are two types of structure. Type 1, consisting of a 90 m2 structure  of which 32 units will be erected and Type 2, consisting of a 165 m2 structure (all indoor), of which 7 units will be erected.

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The above Type 2 unit has recently been commissioned in Liteta. Project is making good progress and all units are expected to be commissioned by end of 2014.

An idea of the remoteness of the locations of the new units can be gained from the photos below;

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The manufacturing, transportation and delivery time has required approximately 40,000 people / hours.

The transportation of the 39 units requires approximately that 110,000 Km are driven, which is sufficient to circumvent the earth 2.75 times. This involves navigating difficult terrains to provide these life saving facilities to remote locations.

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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.

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http://www.undp-globalfund-capacitydevelopment.org/home/country-impact/africa/zambia.aspx#Zambia 

03 10 / 2014

The UNDP report published on 4 September shows how the national response to HIV and AIDS in Cuba, supported by the partnership between the Global Fund and UNDP (the Principal Recipient of Global Fund HIV grants in Cuba since 2003), identifies 6 success factors that can help inform successful approaches in other countries:

 Mobile HIV Counseling Unit in Havana

http://www.undp-globalfund-capacitydevelopment.org/media/472302/cuba_case_study.pdf

Summary

  1. Strong health and social welfare systems: Countries need to have a strong, functional health system and human capacity in health and social welfare domains.
  2. Focus and scale: Countries need to strategically focus where it will make the biggest difference, and has been implemented to scale.
  3. Combined, comprehensive programming: Cuba’s services are delivered by a mix of specialist and community health care and support providers, including social care and legal support, campaigns to reduce stigma, etc.
  4. Addressing the broader context and promoting social change: HIV prevention programming in Cuba identifies and addresses the many social and cultural factors influencing vulnerability to HIV
  5. Flexibility and adaptation: Cuba has shown the importance of adapting responses to adopt the most effective approaches, e.g. a move to a decentralized model which incorporates elements of community care self-help and human rights.
  6. Aiming for sustainability: This includes integration of interventions into the strong health sector, progressive decentralization of care and support toward community health facilities, use of primarily domestic resources, and documenting and learning from experience.

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/