Chair of the CCM, Professor Kadio Auguste, highlighted the benefits of grants being managed by civil society, and stressed their responsibility to “manage [funds] in a transparent, rigorous and efficient way”.
Since its establishment in 2005, ANS-CI has been supporting groups responding to HIV at a community level, to work to its vision of preventing new HIV infections, AIDS-related deaths, and tackle stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV. The grant will enable ANS-CI to make significant progress towards achieving its goals of scaling up HIV quality responses in prevention, care and support of people living with HIV and orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC); strengthening civil society and improving HIV policies.
Activities made possible through the grant expect to reach around 1,412,595 people with voluntary counselling and testing, 29,595 people living with HIV with care and support and 19,716 pregnant women with prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) services over five years.
Key activities include behaviour change communication (BCC), condom distributions, quality voluntary counselling and testing services, PMTCT, policy development, health and community system strengthening, care and support for people living with HIV and OVC, including provision of nutritional support, medical, legal, scholar and psycho-social support and training of community-based providers.