Welcome to the 3rd edition of the UNDP/ Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) 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 HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria supported by GFATM during the period Jan- April 2010. We are also commemorating World TB day in this E-bulletin by highlighting the milestones reached in responding to this pandemic, and by bringing into focus the remaining challenges ahead. UNDP GFATM will also participate in the upcoming World Malaria Day celebrations in May which will be held in Kadugli, South Kordofan. More details of the celebration will be posted on: www.sd.undp.org


GFATM Promotes Blood Safety in Sudan
On March 25th 2010, UNDP GFATM handed over to the Sudan National AIDS Programme (SNAP) six blood donation vehicles to enhance the quality of voluntary blood donation and blood transfusion in the country with a total cost of one million USD.
A ceremony was organized at the Ministry of Health to launch the voluntary blood donation campaign attended by his Excellency State Minister Dr. Hassan Abu Aiysha and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Dr. Kamal Abdel Gadir. The handing over ceremony was also attended by the visiting GFATM MENA Regional Team Leader Youssouf Ould Abdel Jelil.
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Most at Risk Populations Join the Fight against HIV
Communities have vulnerable groups that are more susceptible to acquiring infections than others, due to limited knowledge, low immunity and risky behavior. One of the key aspects of the HIV Round 5 is the involvement of Most at Risk Population (MARP) in HIV/AIDS programming. MARPS include tea and food sellers, prisoners, female sex workers and truck drivers among others.
Given their frequent interaction with a large proportion of the population and their vulnerability, urgent interventions targeting these groups was introduced focusing on peer education.
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Singing for TB
Every year on March 24th, thousands around the globe celebrate World TB Day, to raise awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and to mobilize efforts to eliminate the disease. This annual event commemorates the day in 1882, when Dr Robert Koch announced the discovery of the cause of tuberculosis, which is the TB bacillus. This important discovery was the first step towards diagnosing and curing TB. Being one of the worst affected countries in the Arab region, Sudan has pledged all efforts to stop the spread of this deadly disease. This year,World TB Day was marked by the interest and involvement of her Excellency the First Lady Mrs. Fatima Khalid. (Read more)

Increased involvement of Ministry of Defense in the battle against TB
As part of its multi-sector approach, the National TB Programme in collaboration with the WHO and the Ministry of Defense Health Department organized a three day workshop from February 9th -15th, targeting military health care providers at the Omdurman Military Hospital. The workshop touched on fundamentals for TB interventions and outlined to participants the national TB diagnosis and treatment guidelines. A similar training was organized for professionals working at the Sudan National Lab (Stac), which targeted doctors, lab technicians, pharmacist and statisticians
Advocacy, communications and social mobilization are NTP’s cornerstones for fighting TB in Sudan.
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Community Volunteers making the difference in TB Treatment
Poverty, low immunity and ignorance are the genesis for TB infection in many countries. TB is a curable disease; however discontinued treatment is very common which leads patients to develop resistance to treatment. Mandela, an area located at the outskirts of Khartoum State, portrays a sharp contrast between the city life and that of a poverty stricken community. The area is populated with IDPs and refugees who have fled the war and the harsh conditions in their regions. People there live in precarious shacks, and have very little sources of income. (Read more)


GFATM Reaches Out to Rural Communities to Roll Back Malaria
As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce malaria morbidity rates in Sudan, UNDP GFATM in collaboration with UNICEF has handed over to the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) a total of 680,000 Long Lasting Impregnated Nets (LLIN)s during this last quarter (Jan-March).
The bed nets were distributed in 15 northern states-including IDP camps in Darfur, during a large campaign launched in the States of Blue Nile and North Kordofan. The campaign’s main objective was to ensure 100% bed nets distribution in these states, especially among women and children under five.
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 News Flash

Global Fund visits Sudan
A joint mission from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria HQ and the UNDP Global Fund Advisory Team for the Middle East North Africa Region (MENA) visited Sudan from 28th -31st March, headed by Middle East North Africa Regional Team Leader Youssouf Ould Abdel Jelil.
The delegation held a series of meetings with senior management at UNDP, national counterparts and UN partners to review the current status of grants implementation in Sudan.
Currently, UNDP Sudan is managing the largest fund portfolio in the Arab region amounting to USD 300million and operating in 15 Northern states.
The visiting mission attended the Sudan Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) meeting where details of grants updates were reviewed by the Global Fund partners, and proposals for the formation of specialized subcommittees on Health systems Strengthening and Procurement and Supply Chain Management (PSM) were reflected upon to scale up performance.
During their stay in Sudan, the mission also visited a TB Management Unit in Ombadda locality, catering to more than a million and half individuals and held in-depth discussions with the health cadre there regarding the challenges and obstacles faced by them on a daily basis.
In addition, the GFATM mission team also paid a visit to another health center that provides mother-to-child transmission prevention services at the Omdurman Saudi hospital which is technically supported by UNICEF and funded by GFATM


Private Sector involvement in fighting HIV, TB and Malaria
The Sudan Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) held its first forum on the role of the private sector in responding to HIV, TB and Malaria in December 2009. Representatives from the private sectors, corporations and banks attended the forum, where they discussed the need to form a portfolio to fund activities in response to HIV, TB and Malaria. Participants also underscored the need for formulating and endorsing a mechanism to reduce poverty amongst various communities, and envisioned a mechanism for building of national capacities.

Global Fund Health Systems Strengthening Programme launched in 2010
Strong and effectively functioning health systems are considered a prerequisite to scaling up cost-effective interventions for reducing disease burden and for achieving the health MDGs. However, delivering adequate health services in Sudan have been severely affected by prolonged conflicts and instability in the country.
Together both the UNDP and WHO have taken the lead in 2010 in introducing health strengthening initiatives, involving rehabilitation and renovation of health infrastructure, capacity building and improving of skills of health personnel. The first disbursement of the recently signed TB Round 8 Health Systems Strengthening component was received, amounting to USD 4 million.
As part of the TB Round 8 this year, UNDP GFATM will rehabilitate 30 TB Management Units and 90 Directly Observed Treatment centers. A meeting between UNDP GFATM and representatives from the Ministry of Urban Planning and the Ministry of Health took place during the month of February to discuss the different phases for the future construction plans.
Since 2009, UNDP has launched a number of construction and rehabilitation activities in 15 northern states for the three diseases with an estimated budget of USD 10 million.

The end of GFATM HIV Round 3 Grant
March 31st 2010 marked the ending of the first GFATM grant for fighting HIV/AIDS awarded to Sudan in 2004, totaling USD 33 million. The success of HIV Round 3 has encouraged donors to award Sudan another grant to cover areas that were not covered by Round 3 and subsequently HIV/AIDS Round 5 was introduced and signed totaling USD 84 million.
Round 3 focused primarily on raising awareness especially amongst the youth in schools and out of school settings and promoting of Voluntary and Counseling and Testing Centers. The grant also targeted Most at Risk Population as being one of GFATM cornerstones for fighting AIDS which includes working with tea sellers, prisoners, truck drivers, displaced persons etc. During this last quarter a total of 340,000 individuals from Most at Risk Populations have participated in awareness raising sessions.

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.

As a Principal Recipient, The UNDP Programme Management Unit is currently managing five Grants fighting HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria and closing two grants, with a total budget of USD 300 million, covering the period from 2005 to 2015. To ensure the proper management of all grants, the Global Fund Programme Management Unit is divided into eight sections – four sections managing grants, a Monitoring and Evaluation section to assess progress made, a Finance/Admin section and, Procurement and a newly established Supply Chain management section.
Click here to view organigram of Global Fund Programme Management Unit

More details on the activities of the UNDP Global Fund Unit could be found at: http://www.sd.undp.org/focus_HIV.htm
For more information please contact:
  Ms. Yusra Salim at yusra.salim@undp.org