Strengthening national partners for improved responses to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis & malaria
From its offices in Geneva, the United Nations Development Programme has set up a team to serve the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in its efforts to support the most effective prevention and treatment to these three diseases. Currently UNDP manages roughly 10 percent of its portfolio, and delivers 1 in 4 of all HIV treatments funded by the Global Fund.
Much of UNDP’s support is focused on strengthening the capacity of ministries of health worldwide to be able to leverage the resources provided by the Global Fund in the most effective and efficient manner possible to benefit the maximum number of people affected by the diseases.
- In Zimbabwe, local stakeholders are using the toolkit to implement a US$204.8 million grant and have been producing encouraging results.
- In Tajikistan, UNDP has enhanced Global Fund grants by funding ongoing capacity development activities. At the request of the Ministry of Health, the capacity development toolkit is currently being used to identify the priorities to strengthen national implementation of the country’s HIV, TB and Malaria programmes
- The online capacity development toolkit emphasizes UNDP’s community engagement around HIV and Global Fund support through a stronger social media and a Tumblr blog.
To further facilitate their efforts to build required capacity and both document and exchange knowledge of best practices, the UNDP team developed a capacity development toolkit. The toolkit provides practical guidance on how to implement Global Fund programmes --- achieving the results while at the same time managing the risks --- by training local staff, and building and strengthening the systems necessary to effectively respond to HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria.
These include systems to adequately control the use of resources, identify and address risks and prevent fraud and corruption, and ensure continuous availability of the medicines and other health products at the lowest price possible to end-users.
Examples of success of this approach include:
- Zambia: The introduction of a financial management system including; accounting software and hardware; financial manuals; and roll out to central, provincial and district levels in the Ministry of Health to improve quality and timeliness of financial reporting as an important milestone towards transition from UNDP to national entities.
- Zimbabwe: The design of a Professional Management and Leadership Programme for Health Professionals.
- Tajikistan: The continuous strengthening of the control and quality assurance of national supply chain systems and a central and local level to facilitate access to ARVs in remote areas of the country.
- Iran: The completion and staffing of a network of labs to help prepare for the transition and integration of the Global Fund grant into the national TB Programme.
In addition, the toolkit provides guidance on the opportunities to address enabling legal and policy environments for effective responses to HIV, TB and malaria, including human rights. It also provides practical tips on how to ensure that national dialogues include the full range of relevant stakeholders, including civil society groups representing people living with the diseases, key populations, women’s organizations and other vulnerable groups
The capacity development toolkit is targeted primarily at Ministries of Health, National Programmes for HIV, Malaria and TB, NGOs, UNDP and other partners. The online version of the new toolkit was launched at the 30th meeting of the Global Fund Board on 6 November 2013 in Geneva. Social media is being used to further increase access and ownership of the CD toolkit – see Twitter.com/CD2Transition and http://cd2transform.tumblr.com/.
With the majority of people in developing countries now accessing the internet on mobile phones, the Toolkit was launched in a mobile version at the end of 2012.
About UNDP’s support to the Global Fund
UNDP has partnered with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria since 2003 to support implementation of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria programmes in low and middle income countries, facilitating access to essential resources by countries that face constraints in directly receiving or managing such funding. The partnership has enabled millions of people around the world to benefit from programmes to prevent and treat HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.