For the past few years, the Angolan government struggled to report the government’s cofinancing commitments to the Global Fund. Following a visit from the Office of the Inspector General during the second half of 2019, the Global Fund formally requested the Ministry of Health to demonstrate commitment compliance as a prerequisite to access the 2020-2022 allocation.
Pharos Global Health Advisors was asked by the Global Fund to support the Ministry of Health and to facilitate the efforts of the Government of Angola (GoA) in meeting Global Fund requirements regarding co-financing of the HIV, TB, and malaria programs. This project is divided into two work phases.
We completed the first phase between May and July 2020, during which we achieved the following milestones: 1) developed and submitted a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) defining a new methodology for collecting and reporting general and specific commitments as established in the current Global Fund grant agreements; and 2) applied the SOP to collect information and reported the actual performance of the Government on cofinancing of the HIV and malaria programs for the 2017-2019 period.
The second phase began in September 2020. The objectives of this phase are as follows: 1) to revise and adjust the SOP and cofinancing report based on OIG and GF’s feedback; 2) to apply the SOP to collect and report TB commitments; 3) to update the SOP according to the new commitments for the 2020-2022 allocation; 4) to build monitoring and reporting capacity at the Ministry of Health through targeted trainings and development of reporting tools, and 5) to develop a roadmap to promote the long-term sustainability of cofinancing reporting.
Pharos was then engaged for a third phase to monitor and track the government co-financing commitments. The Pharos team is working through 2021 and 2022 to ensure that the Angolan government is following through on the commitments agreed upon in the second phase of the project.
The Pharos approach consisted in creating a Technical Working Group (TWG) and an Operative Technical Working Group (OTWG) integrated by technicians of the Ministry of Health from the HIV, TB and malaria programs and other key stakeholders. Despite travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Pharos conducted virtual meetings with the TWG and successfully completed and submitted the deliverables from phase one. As a direct result of the GoA’s compliance of such commitments to the Global Fund, the Global Fund issued a new Grant Allocation letter for the 2020-2022 period.
Currently, the Pharos team is starting phase two. In this phase, Pharos will support the Ministry of Health to create greater engagement from the Ministry of Finance, the CCM and the Directorate of Public Health at the Ministry of Health.
Status: Ongoing, May 2020 – July 2022
Team Members Involved: Robert Hecht, Gabriela Cohen, Ana Diaz, Diana Gonzalez, Nathan Isaacs
For more information, contact Nathan Isaacs at email@example.com.