The Regional Technical Coordinator of the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) in Northern region, Mr. Nuhu Musah charged the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) to engage more for HIV programmes in Northern region. He said CHAG is responsible for implementing Community System Strengthening (CSS) under The Global Fund (TGF) New Funding Model (NFM) III in Ghana but said his office and other key institutions were not being involved in CHAG’s activities in the Region. He said his Office does not have a single report from CHAG, they are not involved their regional planning process and that many of the regional and community gate keepers did not know what CHAG was doing. He commended WAPCAS for their work among the key population and recommend for the Global fund to support the GAC to conduct independent monitoring of the CSOs activities.
He said this during a Regional stakeholder dialogue meeting held at the Regional Coordinating Council to invite inputs from stakeholders to inform the next Global fund grant to Ghana for HIV, TB and Malaria programmes on 25th January, 2023. This dialogue was organized by the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Fund which brought together Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), CSOs, Persons with Disability (PWDs), representatives of Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV) & Tuberculosis (TB), TGF, Principal and Sub-recipients, Traditional and religious institutions and other community members.
The Deputy Director in charge of partnerships at the GAC, Mr. John Eliasu Mahama noted Ghana was taken steps to apply for the NFM IV grant and there was the need to gather inputs from stakeholders to better inform the application. He said similar dialogue was being carried out in all regions of Ghana which seeks to bring all stakeholders on board to ensure all critical needs of the people are captured in NFM IV. He urged participants to share ideas that are reflective of segments of their people to ensure no one is left behind.
In his opening statement, the Regional Health Director, Dr. Braimah Abubakari noted the importance of the engagement and said the meeting was timely since it will provide opportunity for stakeholders to share their experience on NFM III implementation to guide the NFM IV application.
Madam Jimah Sharifa speaking on behalf of the Chief Director of the Regional Coordinating Council applauded the organizers of the engagement. She thanked the TGF for their support to Ghana and charged participants to put in place sustainable mechanisms to sustained the TGF interventions.