Capacity building workshop: Kenya, Nairobi
Capacity building in the development of a Procurement and Supply Management (PSM) Plan for the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM)
40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS and 6 million of which need ARV treatment now. Current estimates show that only 440 000 PLWHA are being treated with ARVs. The health and socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS could be reduced if most of those in need of treatment had access to care and ARV treatment. WHO and the UN have declared HIV/AIDS a public health emergency and committed to assist countries to put 3 million people on ART by 2005.
The international community has expressed its commitment to fight HIV/AIDS, particularly in the most affected countries, through the Global Fund which has provided grants to most countries in need. The challenge of these countries is the capacity to effectively implement their proposals. WHO and other partners are working together to provide the technical assistance required to increase the absorption capacity of these countries and the effective implementation of the GFATM proposals. It is in this spirit that AMDS and its partners developed the present workshop. The urgent need for countries to prepare their PSM Plans to "unlock" GFATM funds, and their current problems in doing so in a timely and acceptable manner, offers a great opportunity for AMDS and its partners to provide assistance in getting PSM Plans prepared, submitted and approved, to release the GFATM funds required to scale-up access to ARVs , diagnostics and complementary items such as drugs for opportunistic infections.
The proposed PSM Plan development process adds to the range of PSM training and capacity building initiatives already being planned and implemented by AMDS partners.
- Assist 13 countries with approved GFATM proposals in the development of their PSM Plans so that they are ready to submit to the GFATM by the end of 2004.
- Assist 13 countries in developing the workplan for technical assistance required to strengthen their national PSM system.
- Strengthen collaboration between AMDS partners at country, regional and global levels.
- Identify expertise required for further technical support to participating countries in strengthening their national PSM system, including the finalisation of the PSM Plan.
- 13 PSM Plans developed to a level ready for submission to the GFATM
- 13 national PSM technical assistance plans developed
Desired additional outcomes
- A PSM information package for HIV commodities, developed and available in the public domain.
- National experts with newly-gained experience in HIV PSM planning, who are identified as a technical resource for the region.
- Cooperation fostered between principal recipients, government departments responsible for procurement and supply management, and AMDS partner organizations.
- Regional cooperation fostered between national and international experts in PSM planning and implementation.
- AMDS partner organisations will have increased their experience in collaboration.