With the end of the first quarter of 2012, the UNDP/ Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) Northern Sudan program would like to share with you its 7th edition of the E-Bulletin. This E-bulletin provides glimpses of the activities done during this quarter by UNDP/GFATM, as well as its national and international partners in the fight against these diseases in Sudan. Through this bulletin, you will read about some examples of how these activities touch people’s lives as well as get a sense of where we are and where we are heading.

  INTERNATIONAL DAYS  

The World TB Day 2012

This year, the world TB day was a success. The National TB Program had the opportunity to express its hope that TB will soon be eradicated in Sudan through all the obvious efforts and commitment shown from various partners. Under this year’s theme of “Stop TB in my Life Time” and throughout the months preceding it, a lot of hard work was exerted by different groups such as the NTP with the WHO, as well as private and public sectors which was exemplified in their collaborative efforts to organize the World TB Day. (Read more)




2012 World Malaria Day-“Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria”

From the 5th to 8th May, 2012, in Kassala, active contributors to the fight against malaria in Sudan, got together to celebrate the World Malaria Day. The main focus of the event was on strengthening partnerships as well as establishing further political commitment toward malaria control in order to follow this year’s malaria theme to “Sustain gains, Save lives: Invest in Malaria”. The event also marked the 26th Meeting of Malaria States Coordinators to review the achievement of the first quarter of 2012 and to develop the rainy season malaria control plan to prevent malaria transmission as well as malaria epidemic during this season. (Read more)
 STRENGTHENING CAPACITIES


The 24th Obstetrical & Gynecological Conference

More than one hundred doctors, including hospital managers of ART centers attended the 24th Obstetrical & Gynecological Conference. This conference was a joint activity involving SNAP, WHO, HAI, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, SHWAG, TOKTEN. The agenda of the conference included issues related to HIV/AIDS with a special focus on Preventing Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT). The meeting was an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences, reach a consensus & discuss Provider Initiated Testing and Counseling, medical ethics and stigma among health workers. It was also an opportunity to strengthen ownership of the hospitals & advocate for improving the working environment in the ART centers.

Main recommendations of the meeting were:
• Encourage the adherence to medical ethics and good medical practices among health care providers, which prohibit the health provider to deny services to PLWHIV.
• Improve the surveillance system.
• Strengthen the support of the hospitals to the Anti Retroviral Therapy & PMTCT centers.
• Adopt the Provider Initiated Testing and Counseling (PITC) as a major entry point to testing all ANC clients.
• Promote the testing among all the women in reproductive age even before getting pregnant.
• To advocate for ANC HIV testing in the private sector.




Advocacy Workshops on HIV/AIDS
The Director of religious affairs in Rehaid Elbirdee locality in South Darfur state initially refused discussing HIV/AIDS; however, after the Advocacy workshop by Rufaida Health Foundation, he agreed to talk about the risks of AIDS in the Friday prayer speech. In addition, he has accepted to be a listening partner when issues regarding prevention of HIV including condom usage are being discussed. Furthermore, the Executive Director ratified the recruitment of Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) counselor in Rehiad elbirdee hospital was an outcome of the same advocacy event.

Nawafil Elkhirat in Dabba Locality in Northern State conducted an advocacy workshop attended by the president of the Legislation Board. He and his assistants supported the idea of establishing laws that can benefit the AIDS program in Dabba locality.




   
 CHANGING LIVES


Income Generation Activities for TB Patients in North Kordofan:
“When I was fully cured from TB, I tried to go back to work, only to find that I was dismissed; I decided to look for another job” said Abdel Rahman Hamida, a cured TB patient from North Kordofan state. In May 2011, at 45 years of age, Abdel Rahman Hamida was diagnosed with TB after visiting the doctor as he was suffering from persistent “cold with fever”. “I took antibiotics but there was no response” he told his doctor. Consequently, Abdel Rahman was sent to have a respiratory section, x-ray and sputum smear test. “I was told by the doctor that I had TB” he said. (Read more)


 MOVING FORWARD-QUICK UPDATES


HIV/Sexual Reproductive Health

• University Students project- Adopted the mobile VCT modality in the universities which has improved the service uptake.
• Effective communication with partners especially at the federal and state ministries of health (SNAP, NRHP) has encouraged improved team work and accelerated implementation.
• Advocacy visits to policy makers and key leaders at state levels created great political support that helped Reproductive Health and HIV coordinators.
• In order to decentralize training, strengthen the state core team and improve supervision at the state levels; junior staff members were offered opportunities to train care providers and participate in joint supervision missions giving them a chance to share experiences and build their skills
• Facility managers and locality health team supervisors were trained on methods of integration and how to strengthen their supervisory and monitoring role




Tuberculosis
• Renovation of the National Reference Lab (NRL) for TB started in March 2012 and is about to be concluded
• Renovations for 5 Zonal reference labs is about to be launched
• The renovations of 2 Wards in Abu Anja Hospital for Multiple Drug Resistant (MDR) TB patients is about to be launched.



Most at Risk Populations Project
• As part of activities supporting local NGOs working with HIV/AIDS; JASMAR office contributed to establishing a Sudan AIDS Network in the White Nile state.
• The Sudanese Community Development Association trained three peer educators in Omdurman Locality, as well as enrolling three of Men who have Sex with Men and four Female Sex Workers in the Behavioral Change Communication activities offering them phone counseling service which has proven successful.


 
 UNDP/GFATM IN NUMBERS SO FAR
80
HIV/AIDS service provision points & warehouses
More than 10,000
TB patients having received HIV/ Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT)
105,000
People having received TB treatment
1 million
People aged 15-24 reached through the HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention initiatives
3 million
Bed nets distributed to target populations of children under 5 and pregnant women
More than 11.5 million
People treated from uncomplicated malaria by provision of free medicines


 


The Global Fund Programme Management Unit

Together the Global Fund and the UNDP assists 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 ongoing grants (2005-2016) amounting to more than USD 400 million, UNDP is managing the largest fund portfolio in the Arab region. 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 Principal 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 the specific grants, a Monitoring and Evaluation section to assess progress made, a Finance section as well as a Procurement section 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. Dalia El Roubi at dalia.elroubi@undp.org

The views described above do not represent the views or opinions of the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis And Malaria, nor is there any approval or authorization of this material, expressed or implied, by The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis And Malaria.


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