Having successfully led the implementation of the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) intervention under the WAPCAS/Global Fund grant, New Funding Model II (NFMII), between 2018 and 2020, Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) has again been selected as a sub-recipient with the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) as the principal recipient to lead the HIV component of the Global Fund New Funding Model III (NFMIII) grant from January 2021 to December 2023.
The NFMIII is a continuation of NFM2, building on the key achievements, successes and lessons learned. While the objectives and goals for NFM3 remain the same as that of NFMIII (click here to learn more about the goals and objectives) there is a scale up to include more regions and districts. The project now covers all the 16 regions in Ghana with HFFG leading the implementation of the HIV component in nine (9) regions which are as follows: Oti, Volta, Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western, Western North, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions. In these regions, one hundred and twelve (112) districts and one hundred and forty-three (143) health facilities are listed to benefit from the NFM3 grant.
Additionally, the HIV component under the NFMIII grant has been expanded to include a diverse community of cadres particularly, adolescents as Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters (CATS), Mentor Mothers intervention as well as NACP Case Managers who will strengthen the linkage between the volunteers and their facilities towards achieving the 95-95-95 HIV targets. This will ensure a holistic approach to addressing the various needs of all HIV community members.
Work on NFM3 has begun with an orientation for all project officers under the grant. The one-day training took place at the head office of HFFG on 2nd February 2021. Project Officers were taken through the goal, roadmap of the CSS, their roles and responsibilities as well as strategies, best practices and targets for the NFMIII. Again, all Staff have been oriented on the Global Fund Code of Conduct, Conflict of Interest and Human Rights Policies and all other relevant policies of the Global Fund.
The project team has also conducted a familiarization visit to all selected districts/municipalities for the implementation of NFMIII as well as introducing the current phase of the project to all District Health Management Teams and In-charges of all health facilities in which the project already existed.
Emmanuella Kwamee (HFFG)