Coordination is the key: CCM partnerships in India

Bobby Ramakant - CNS
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund) should strengthen national partnerships on specific issues and their coordination with Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs). This is not only to optimise programme performance, but also ensure that community voices are central to health responses. India boasts of a CCM and also national partnerships on specific issues like HIV or TB. However a coordinated response between these national partnerships is lacking. According to Dr Nevin Wilson, Director of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) – South East Asia Office in New Delhi, "The level playing field is missing. We have the civil society and we have the government's national TB programme (formally called the Revised National TB Control Programme - RNTCP), [but] they cannot be equal partners. What stops the Global Fund from giving money directly to civil society?" Read more 

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1 comment:

  1. "The India Country Coordinating Mechanism is established in response to requirements and recommendations of the Global Fund. At the country level, the Country Coordinating Mechanism is a partnership composed of all key stakeholders in a country's response to the three diseases. The CCM does not handle Global Fund financing itself, but is responsible for submitting country proposals to the Global Fund, nominating the entities accountable for administering the funding, and overseeing grant implementation. The CCM should preferably be an already existing body, but a country can instead decide to create a new entity to serve as CCM.

    The India CCM has been in existence since December 2002 and has been successful in obtaining grants from the Global Fund. The CCM has been playing the role of an in-country board that facilitates and oversees the Global Fund grants on AIDS, TB and Malaria.

    Over the course of its existence the India CCM has become a truly multi-stakeholder partnership, with representation from all the sectors. The sectors being represented include government, private sector, civil society, people living with diseases, academic and research institutions and multilateral and bilateral agencies. In June 2009, the India CCM was reconstituted following a transparent selection and election process. The reconstituted CCM has grown and now comprises of 40 members from the earlier number of 33 members.

    Country Coordinating Mechanisms are central to the Global Fund's commitment to local ownership and participatory decision making. These country level partnerships develop and submit grant proposals to the Global Fund based on priority needs at the national level. After grant approval they oversee the progress during implementation.

    Currently the India portfolio of the Global Fund grants is approximately USD 956 million with USD 417 million disbursed so far."