The Global Fund Seeks CSOs Participation in Fighting AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

From Taiwo Oluwadare, Ibadan

The Global Fund has admitted that the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria cannot be successful without the substantial participation of Civil Society Organizations in order to reach the key population groups most affected by these diseases.

It is on this note that The Global Fund is sponsoring ACOMIN, a National Network of Civil Society Organizations working on the prevention, treatment and mitigation of the impact of malaria, and the promotion of immunization and better nutrition in Nigeria.

Speaking on Monday at a one-day workshop to develop an engagement plan for the project, Mr. Adio Olusegun, the Oyo State Coordinator of the Civil Society for Malaria, Immunization and Nutrition, highlighted the crucial role of the government in addressing the negative impact of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV in society.

According to him, the government is making efforts, but needs to do more to improve healthcare services. Dr. M. D Ogundeji, the Executive Director of the Primary Healthcare and Health Management Centre (PriHEMAC), also pointed out some deficient areas of government, urging the authorities to fulfill their responsibilities in promoting healthcare services.

However, Mrs. Adeyemo Foluke, a state media program officer, stressed that healthcare issues should be a collaborative effort between the government and private institutions. She noted that the government had supported successful programs on tuberculosis and malaria.

The workshop was organized to develop modalities to ensure the success of the health programs aimed at fighting HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, which often have a limited impact due to insufficient attention to obstacles related to human rights, gender inequality, and other forms of inequality and social exclusion.

To provide a significant role for the key population groups affected by the three diseases in Global Fund activities and effectively eliminate these obstacles with the help of grants, the Global Fund Directorate approved the continuation of the Community Engagement and Strategic Initiative (CE-SI) project, which is being implemented in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, and Niger Republic.

The project also has been implemented in 10 states across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria namely: Adamawa, Anambra, Delta, Enugu, Kebbi, Kwara, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, and Oyo.

According to the report, the goal is to ensure that populations at risk of malaria or underserved by malaria interventions understand the Global Fund’s mandate, strategy, work model, grant life cycle, and relevant country-level oversight and monitoring mechanisms. The report added: “This will support these populations to engage systematically and regularly with the community and civil society.

“ACOMIN is engaged in this project to implement the community component and stakeholder engagement at the national level, advocating for improved services for AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria across the communities of implementation. The organization has also engaged 10 non-governmental organizations including Primary Healthcare and Health Management Centre (PriHEMAC) to ensure the effective implementation of this project at the community level”, the report reads.

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