Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 16562
Country/Region: India
Year: 2013
Main Partner: Management Sciences for Health
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $0

Funding for Health Systems Strengthening (OHSS): $0

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) currently supports HIV care and support activities in India under the Round 4 Rolling Continuation Channel (RCC) Grant, implemented by the Population Foundation of India (PFI). In June 2012, PFI resigned as the Principal Recipient (PR), effective as of the start of the RCC Phase 2 period on April 1, 2013. The Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) nominated the India HIV/AIDS Alliance as the new PR for the grant as of that same date. Between January and March 2013, the Global Fund and the CCM will oversee a PR transfer aimed at transferring activities with minimal disruptions to implementation. Given that Round 4 RCC funding will not be available to the India HIV/AIDS Alliance until April 1, 2013, the Global Fund Portfolio Manager exceptionally requested that PEPFAR consider providing support for a well-defined set of transitional activities in the quarter prior to this start date, during January-March 2013.

The goal of this three-month project is to support the smooth transition of crucial services under the Global Fund Round 4 RCC Grant, by funding preparatory activities of the India HIV/AIDS Alliance that will ensure the continuity of project activities at the state and district level. Under the RCC Phase 2 Grant, the India HIV/AIDS Alliance plans to establish and operate 350 Care and Support Centers that provide services to people living with HIV (PLHIV), as well as effective referral and linkages with medical, nutrition, social, economic and welfare services. This activity supports Goals 3 and 4 of the PEPFAR India country strategy (Building on Country Leadership and Commitment; and Health System Strengthening).

This time-limited investment will fund three major activities in the period January-March 2013. These activities, implemented at the state and district level, are designed to support the smooth transition of Global Fund Principal Recipients and the crucial care and support services they are mandated to provide.

Activity 1: Conduct a series of community consultations with current Sub Recipients, Sub-Sub Recipients and People Living with HIV (PLHIV) networks

The consultations with PLHIV networks across the states will be an important initial activity of the project, as the care and support services revolve around this target group. The state and district level consultations will reinforce the Greater Involvement of PLHIV (GIPA) principles.

Activity 2: Conduct an objective assessment and selection process of 20 Sub Recipients and 225 Sub-Sub Recipients

Capacity assessment of the Sub Recipients will be done using NGO Capacity Analysis Tools to identify the key strengths and areas for improvement of each of the selected Sub Recipients in the areas of technical skills, program management and financial management.


Activity 3: Conduct an orientation workshop for Sub Recipients on the operationalization of Care and Support Centers across 225 districts

The orientation workshops will be conducted to familiarize the Sub Recipients on the key functions of the Care and Support Centers and to ensure smooth functioning of these centers, including well-established tracking systems to refer PLHIV for need-based services.