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.
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
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
The 24th Obstetrical & Gynecological
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
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.
Income Generation Activities for TB
Patients in North Kordofan:
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.
HIV/Sexual Reproductive Health
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
• Facility managers and locality health team supervisors
were trained on methods of integration and how to strengthen
their supervisory and monitoring role
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
• The renovations of 2 Wards in Abu Anja Hospital for
Multiple Drug Resistant (MDR) TB patients is about to be launched.
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.
IN NUMBERS SO FAR
HIV/AIDS service provision points & warehouses
TB patients having received HIV/ Voluntary Counseling
and Testing (VCT)
People having received TB treatment
People aged 15-24 reached through the HIV/AIDS awareness
and prevention initiatives
Bed nets distributed to target populations of children
under 5 and pregnant women
than 11.5 million
People treated from uncomplicated malaria by provision
of free medicines
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
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