Now that Round 4 of the Global Fund is coming to an end and the Multi Donor Trust Fund for South Sudan is unlikely to continue, the HIV response in the country is under serious threat.
Lack of funding will not only jeopardize the continued provision of antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV but it will also put at risk the important work that community-based organisations carry out, often filling important gaps in the national health system.
Raising the profile in the UK
In September, the Country Director of Alliance South Sudan, Florence Bayoa (picture above), visited the UK where she spoke at a parliamentary event Building a New Nation; the role of civil society in the Republic of South Sudan, and had meetings with representatives from the UK’s Department for International Development to discuss their commitments to the AIDS response in South Sudan.
Read this interview with Florence Bayoa and Dr Esterina Novella Nylock, Chairperson of the South Sudan HIV/AIDS Commission about their work together on the Alliance blog.
Donor briefings in Juba
Following this, Arben Fetai, EU policy advisor and Marielle Hart, US policy manager visited Juba and held meetings with the EU Delegation, USAID/CDC and other international organizations to discuss their response to HIV in South Sudan and their commitment to support a successful country application for Round 11 of the Global Fund.
In addition, a workshop was organized for CSO and CBO member organisations of the National Partnership Platform (NPP) in South Sudan to brief them on EU and US development and health strategies and funding mechanisms for the country.
Over the next two months, the Alliance Secretariat is prioritising support for Alliance South Sudan as it prepares its application to be Principal Recipient for civil society under Round 11.
South Sudan NPP highlighted at UN Meeting
This week Action for Global Health (AfGH) published its latest report on health workers in fragile states. It was also distributed during side events at the recent UN High Level Meeting on Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases.
It features a case study on the South Sudan National Partnership Platform (NPP) and showcases its role as an efficient accountability and advocacy mechanism to support health service development. Funding for community systems strengthening is one of the report’s key recommendations.
The Alliance is a core partner of AfGH which is a network of global health organisations which advocate European governments to fulfil their commitments to achieving the Millenium Development Goals.
Read Alliance South Sudan’s organisational strategy, 2012-2014.
Visit the What’s Preventing Prevention? campaign micro-site.
Lack of funding will put at risk the important work that CBOs carry out.