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  Issue no. 46 | February 2022  
  BACKUP Newsletter  
COVAX partner event, Kyrgyzstan, November 2021
  Quarterly news on our work with national and international partners
GIZ – Division Economic and Social Development, Digitalisation
 
 
 
  Dear partners and colleagues,

BACKUP Health is a global programme funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and has co-financing agreements with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and Expertise France.

Since 2002, BACKUP has assisted partner countries worldwide in using the funding opportunities of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to greater advantage. The mandate for BACKUP’s current project phase has been broadened. In addition to GFATM, BACKUP can now also consider requests for support for other funding mechanisms such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF).

This newsletter offers regular updates on our work with national and international partners. Please share this information with interested colleagues and partners.

Eschborn, 22 February 2022


The BACKUP Health team (backup@giz.de)
 
   
 
Articles
» COVAX partner event in Kyrgyzstan
» Strengthening the engagement of Cameroon’s CCM-CSO delegation
» From consultative workshop to roll-out in Uganda
» Development of universal health insurance in Zanzibar
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COVAX partner event in Kyrgyzstan
Panellists from the Ministry of Health, the RCI and the WHO Country Office in Kyrgyzstan, November 2021
Panellists from the Ministry of Health, the RCI and the WHO Country Office in Kyrgyzstan, November 2021
BACKUP Health supported the Republican Centre for Immunoprophylaxis (RCI), the national Gavi partner, in hosting the first-ever COVAX partner event in November 2021 to discuss the coordination of international, national and subnational partner activities under the COVAX mechanism in Kyrgyzstan. During the meeting, participants reviewed technical and strategic vaccination issues in panel discussions on planning, communication and financing. The first panel discussion highlighted the coordination efforts and commitment of actors on all levels, while the second acknowledged the importance of further pursuing high vaccination coverage and called for the communications campaign to be revised. It was concluded that the vaccine supply is plentiful although there are challenges that might require concerted efforts from all COVAX partners to address them.
In addition to the important COVAX partner event, BACKUP Health’s support to the RCI also included action to further strengthen its management team and core functions – monitoring and evaluation and surveillance – through continuous technical assistance and financial support.
Contact: Bermet Amirova (bermet.amirova@giz.de)
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Strengthening the engagement of Cameroon’s CCM-CSO delegation
Workshop in Douala, November 2021
Workshop in Douala, November 2021
The Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Evolution project found in 2019 that civil society participation and engagement in the CCM in Cameroon needed to improve. BACKUP Health recruited a team of consultants to support the CCM Civil Society Organisations (CCM-CSO) delegation in strengthening their strategic position and engagement in the CCM and critical Global Fund processes. Specifically, the CCM-CSO delegation developed important documents: their charter, a civil society communication and engagement plan, a community-led monitoring (CLM) plan, including score cards, and a civil society governance framework. Together with BACKUP, the CCM-CSO delegation organised a workshop in Douala in November 2021 to share the results of the evaluation of community engagement in the CCM throughout the country and to review the new documents. Participants agreed on the usefulness of the documents in enabling the CCM to contribute effectively to all Global Fund programme management processes. Next steps include piloting the CLM approach and a validation workshop. BACKUP is keen to continue this fruitful collaboration to strengthen CSOs by putting the documents and approach developed to use.
Contact: Louise Bamba (louise.bamba@giz.de)
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From consultative workshop to roll-out in Uganda
Assessment team at the Amai community hospital in Amolatar district, Uganda 2021
Assessment team at the Amai community hospital in Amolatar district, Uganda 2021
BACKUP Health hosted a hybrid consultative workshop on 15 September 2021. Participants included the Global Fund (GF) Country Coordinating Mechanism, Uganda’s Ministry of Health (MoH), bilateral and multilateral organisations and civil society organisations. The appraisal mission aimed to determine technical assistance needs in Uganda and opportunities for BACKUP to fulfil its mandate and targets. The GF representative thanked GIZ for supporting GF implementation in Uganda, recognising BACKUP’s crucial role in carrying out activities and providing technical support in the country. Furthermore, in a letter of acknowledgement, the MoH Permanent Secretary expressed the country’s gratitude to BACKUP Health for carrying out the appraisal mission to identify needs and engaging different stakeholders in Uganda. BACKUP Health has conducted and finalised a rapid assessment of integrated people-centred health services for HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and reproductive maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in two districts in Uganda. It has also recently concluded two agreements, one with the Uganda AIDS Commission with the primary objective of strengthening national coordination of HIV response, and the second with Baylor College of Medicine which aims to strengthen the linkage between COVID 19 testing, surveillance and home-based care to support the containment of COVID 19 in Kampala, Uganda.
Contact: Caroline Mtaita (caroline.mtaita@giz.de)
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Development of universal health insurance in Zanzibar
Official launch event for development cooperation between Germany and the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar
Official launch event for development cooperation between Germany and the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar
The BACKUP Health team presented their approach for strengthening health systems at the official launch event to restore ties for development cooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar. During the preliminary workshop, Huzeifa Bodal, a BACKUP team leader, shared BACKUP’s approach to strengthening health systems in general and also talked about the specific work being carried out to establish universal health insurance in Zanzibar, with support from the BACKUP Health financing team. The project is one of the first measures to get under way following the renewal of ties and is in line with the Zanzibar Development Vision 2050. Dr Mike Falke (GIZ Country Director) had the honour of presenting the project goals and the next steps to HE Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, and HE Regine Hess, German Ambassador to Tanzania.
The aim of the project is to support efforts to achieve universal health coverage in Zanzibar by providing technical assistance through the BACKUP Health financing team. In February 2022, a project kick-off meeting for stakeholders took place in Zanzibar to initiate support for the universal health insurance roadmap and plan the next steps. The team looks forward to stepping up partnerships with relevant stakeholders and working with them to develop sustainable health insurance.
Contact: Nina Siegert (nina.siegert@giz.de)
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Global Fund Observer: Independent newsletter about the Global Fund provided by Aidspan to over 7,000 subscribers in 170 countries.
Healthy DEvelopments: Germany’s commitment to health and social protection
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