Peru, Paraguay and Suriname are among the first countries in Latin America to require Transition Readiness Assessments and Transition Plans. Indeed, the Global Fund first piloted its Transition and Sustainability Diagnostic Tool in Paraguay. The Global Fund now wishes to continue this effort to support the development of concrete, realistic, and costed Action Plans for the sustainability of their HIV and TB responses. The Action Plans are to guide the implementation of critical national recommendations within the next five years.
The Global Fund requested the support of Pharos Global Health Advisors to develop the Actions Plans and to present the key recommendations to top officers at the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance for formal endorsement. Pharos will also assist the Global Fund to incorporate key recommendations into the next Global Fund grant agreements through the development of the terms of reference for the Technical Assistance suggested in these plans.
Pharos is working closely with the CCMs and the recently formed Transition Working Groups to update and prioritize sustainability risks and recommendations. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the economics and health systems of the three nations, but with varied significance. Peru has sixth highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world, while Suriname’s economic situation, already weakened after 2014’s economic recession and poor public financial management, has been aggravated by the pandemic. Paraguay appears relatively less effected than Peru and Suriname. However, Paraguay is also the only country that will experience transition from the Global Fund financing for TB in the short term. Therefore, Pharos will work with each country to develop plans that maximize their approach in their own national contexts.
Throughout the engagement thus far, Pharos has already conducted key interviews in Paraguay and Suriname and we are currently drafting Action Plans. We launched our project in Peru in late September 2020. The project is expected to finish on December 2020.
Status: Ongoing, July 2020 – December 2020
Team Members Involved: Robert Hecht, Catalina Gutierrez, Claudine Hammen, Lorena Prieto, Daniel Cotlear, Pedro Bivona and Diana Gonzalez
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