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S. Sudan partners revise the Global Fund grant for HIV, TB & Malaria

Country Coordinating Mechanism team (CCM) for the Global Fund to fight HIV, TB and Malaria (Photo by Anthony Garang)

By Bullen Bala

The South Sudan Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) is conducting a three-day Annual review of the global fund for HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The retreat kicked off on Monday at Palm Africa Hotel in Juba. The South Sudan CCM, formed in 2006, is a national multi-sectoral body responsible for developing and overseeing grant proposals, nominating Principal Recipients (PR) and providing oversight of grant implementation and closure for all grants The retreat was inaugurated by Dr. Luka Monoja, Head of specialized Health Committee at the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) on behalf of the Minister for Health, Dr. Riek Gai Kok.

Besides the retreat, the CCM members will make revision of the Global Fund grant in order to measure the targets achieved, the activities and budget that need to be reprogrammed for the year 2019.

The UNDP (Principal Recipients of the GF grant); the grant Sub-Recipients, the Ministry of Health departments of HIV, TB Control and the National Malaria Control Programmes will join the CCM on the revision of the HIV, TB and Malaria programmes financed by the Global Fund.

The retreat brought together all the 34 CCM members, the Secretariat and representatives of the Ministry of Health, and the implementing partners. The visiting Global Fund team also joined the grant revision.

In December 2017, South Sudan received $86million from the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the next three years 2018 – 2020. Since 2004, the country has received funding of over $600M to help fight HIV/AIDS including the Health Systems Strengthening, TB and Malaria.

The key oversight functions of the CCM SS are carried out through its permanent committees namely; Executive Committee, Oversight Committee, and the Resource Mobilization Committee. Eachcommittee is composed of 10-12 members in-addition to the co-opted technical expertise seconded from the constituencies or partner organizations. CCM South Sudan is like other countries, operates through a permanent Secretariat that runs day to day activities.

A 4-member team, accompanied by the Local Fund Agent is on a 4-day mission in the country.

While in the country, they will hold meetings with the Ministry of Health and key implementers on issues of grant implementation to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

The Global Fund will also review progress on implementation of strategies to improve the HIV 90-90-90 cascade and programming for key populations.

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