Welcome to the 5th edition of the UNDP/Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) Northern Sudan E-Bulletin. This update aims to shed light on achievements reached by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the national and international partners in the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria. The stories highlighted in this bulletin, reflect multi-sectoral interventions funded by GFATM.

  HIV/AIDS  

We Must Be Seen to Be Heard
25 new trainees completed a workshop for awareness raising, counseling and treatment adherence on the afternoon of Thursday 23 December. The Global Fund supported training workshop was facilitated by Arwa Almardi, the national programme focal person for the People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) associations, targeting the first timers in the associations. (Read more)


World Aids Day Observed at UNDP Compound in Khartoum
World Aids Day was celebrated at the UNDP compound by the senior management, UN staff and UN Cares focal persons on Wednesday December 1st 2010. Also UNDP/GFATM funded the PLHIV Association in Khartoum state World Aids Day celebration where they held 1 awareness session in Soba for two Internally Displaced People camps. They then held a big advocacy session at the PLHIV association in Khartoum's office which was attended by SNAP, UNAIDS, UNDP, and the Sudanese Aids Network (SAN).

A one hour HIV/AIDS orientation session, was facilitated by Dr. Ahmed Fadeel, the HIV/AIDS Training Officer in UNMIS. The theme of the session was the UN personnel HIV policy, basics on HIV and AIDS and stigma and discrimination. All participants received booklet & T-shirts from UN Cares as seen in the photo above.

Mother & Child Counseling &Testing Services in Large Demand in Sudan
At 10 in the morning, the counseling and testing center for Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) in downtown Omdurman on the western fringe of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, is abuzz with activity. Fatima (name changed), has just volunteered to be tested for HIV infection. The counselor informs her that she has tested negative. She adds a word of advice to Fatima before seeing her off. (Read more)

More than 60 Sites Completed and Handed Over
63 out of the 65 newly constructed and rehabilitated sites including the Voluntary Confidential Counseling and Testing (VCCT) centers, Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) Centers, blood banks, HIV/AIDS resource centers in universities, TB/HIV service provision points, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Centers in hospitals and drug storerooms were successfully delivered by the UNDP/ Global Fund construction project this December. After two years of assessment and preparation of sites all over the 15 states of northern Sudan, and a year of construction work by 3 contracted civil engineering companies, the UNDP/ Global Fund engineers are about to complete the final leg of their marathon building spree. (Read more)
 Tuberculosis


TB Round 8 Grant Approved Through to 2015
The Single Stream Funding (SSF) was approved for two components for the amount of more than 25 million dollars on 7th December 2010. The TB Grant has 5 objectives. One of those objectives is to strengthen partnership including Public-Public & Public-Private partnerships and engagement of health care providers. Through this objective all TB patients will be treated with free medicines regardless of their ability to pay.

This TB grant is focused on the Darfur region, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, and it involves the scaling up and strengthening of the quality of the Directly Observed Treatment System (DOTS), including creating access to these war-affected and post conflict areas. All the TB management units (TBMUs) will be renovated and stocked with free medicine and TB laboratories' consumables. 9.7 million people in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile will be reached by this initiative. There are currently 1,872 diagnosed TB patients in Darfur and 1,030 diagnosed TB patients in the post conflict states.

The TB grant is inclusive of both 1st line treatment and 2nd line treatment of TB patients. In cases of 2nd line treatment, where the patients are showing resistance to the medicines, Multiple Drug Resistance (MDR) treatments will be made available through the new grant. However the cost jumps from approximately USD 30 per 1st line treatment to more than USD 2,500 for MDR treatment.



 Malaria


A Good Night's Sleep Guaranteed for 1.2 million People
More than 1.2 million bed nets were given to communities susceptible to Malaria in Sudan in the third quarter of 2010. The bed nets were distributed in the many regions of Sudan by UNICEF and UNHCR. In October and November 2010 a total of 678,997 bed nets were distributed by UNDP/Global Fund sub recipients (SRs) to vulnerable groups. Another 649,453 were distributed by the WHO, and UNICEF distributed 17,350 in IDPs camps in South and West Darfur. UNHCR distributed 12,194 in refugee camps in Kassala and Gadarif in eastern Sudan, and Sinnar in central Sudan.

The bed nets costed 6.5 million dollars and were procured by UNDP in October 2010. In the photo a mother and infant receive bednets in an IDP in Eastern Sudan.



New Batch of ACT Malaria Treatment Received
1,062,975 doses of first line malaria treatment known as ACT (Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy) were procured by UNDP in October and successful received by the National Malaria Control Program and General Directorate of Pharmacy for distribution in the more than 4,300 NMCP's facilities. The cost of the procurement of the first line of malaria treatment was 1 million dollars.


 News Flash


Reporting Under GFATM Projects
In order to strengthen the capacity in managing the GFATM grants, the UNDP-GF PMU organized a one-day training on reporting requirements of the GFATM supported projects, which took place on the 29th of November. The UNDP Monitoring and Evaluation team facilitated this training for the current and future/expected Sub-Recipients (SRs) of the GFATM's grants. Along with national programme stakeholders and the CCM secretariat.....(Read more)



 

SOPs Now in Use
UNDP/GFATM along with the UNDP internal consultancy body ‘Management Consulting Team’ (MCT) from New York held a workshop for developing standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the end of 2009. During 2010 the actual development and endorsement of these SOPs took place, and in the last quarter of 2010 the SOPs were implemented and are currently in use. So far this is leading to an heightened understanding and cooperation between the various PMU sections, and increased level of performance as a result.



UN Report: Arab Countries Can Achieve MDGs by 2015
The Arab region has achieved progress in many MDGs, including significant strides in health and education, says a recently launched UN Report. However, there have been setbacks and constraints attributable to several factors, including the relatively poor economic performance in the 1990s and early 2000s, inadequate financing of social policies, and increasing political tensions and conflicts. (Read more)


 Health System Strengthening


Investment Plan For The National Health System, Northern Sudan
In acknowledgement of the need for a strong effective functioning health system and to scale up interventions for reduction of the burden of diseases in order to achieve the health MDGs, UNDP/GFATM is implementing a Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Programme jointly with the CCM, Federal Ministry of Heath, WHO and other partners using Global Fund resources. (Read more)



 FACTS AND FIGURES: KEY STATS FOR GFATM IN SUDAN IN 2010


HIV/AIDS
Current number of people on Anti Retroviral drugs (ARV) 2,597
Patients who ever started ARV 4,201 (quarter 3 2010).
HIV/AIDS Behavioral Change Communication (BCC) activity in and out of schools 32,468 reached in 2010.
Patients who completed the voluntary counseling and testing(VCT) 128,000
Condoms distributed 10 million



 

TB

Cumulative number of people having received free TB treatment since 2007 82,689 In 2010 up to the third quarter: 15,078
TB patients receiving HIV VCT 7,677
Health workers trained on TB management using DOT according to national training guidelines since 2007 2,507

Malaria

Cumulative number of bed nets distributed 3,104,240
Cumulative number of people treated against Malaria 12 million cases
Health facilities providing free malaria drugs 4,316
Health services providers trained on malaria prevention and diagnosis interventions 5,098


About the Global Fund Programme Management Unit

Together the Global Fund and the UNDP assist Sudan in fighting AIDS, TB and Malaria through mobilizing the national government and civil society at all levels, for a coordinated and effective response to these three diseases.

UNDP is a key partner to the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) and is the UN agency assuming the role of Principal Recipient of GFATM grants in Sudan. As the Principal Recipient of 5 grants (2005-2014) amounting to USD 300 million, UNDP is managing the largest fund portfolio in the Arab region. Both Round 2 Malaria and Round 3 HIV are currently in the closure phase whilst the Round 5 HIV, Round 7 Malaria and recently consolidated SSF TB/HSS grant are still under implementation. UNDP's management role consists of implementing grants, ensuring financial accountability, and training of a variety of national and international counterparts on programme management and financial accountability. In its role as Principle Recipient, UNDP ensures quality financial management, timely procurement of supplies and service delivery as well as efficient monitoring and evaluation of grant implementation activities.

To ensure the proper management of all the grants, the Global Fund Programme Unit is divided into eight sections- four sections managing grants, a Monitoring and Evaluation section to assess progress made, a Finance section and Procurement and a Supply Chain section.


More details on the activities of the UNDP Global Fund Unit can be found at: http://www.sd.undp.org/focus_HIV.htm
For more information please contact:
  Ms. Issraa El-Kogali at issraa.elkogali@undp.org
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