The Integration Partnership (TIP)
Population Action International (PAI), along with partners Friends of the Global Fund Africa and Family Care International (FCI), has begun a two-year project, The Integration Partnership (TIP), to increase country demand for reproductive health (RH)/HIV integration—including provision of RH supplies—and maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH)/AIDS, malaria and TB (ATM) integration. PAI and its partners will work to increase the priority and resources dedicated to RH/HIV integration and MNCH/ATM integration within influential global institutions. The Integration Partnership has three objectives:
- Increase priority of RH/HIV and MNCH/ATM integration within the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GF) and its supporting technical agencies in policy, program implementation, and funding allocation decisions. This approach seeks to secure support and favorable decisions from the Global Fund Secretariat, Board, relevant committees and such multilateral agencies as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Increase priority of RH/HIV integration within the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Global Health Initiative (GHI) policy, program implementation, and funding allocation decisions. This approach leverages emerging U.S. policy support for integrated programming, as expressed in the multi-billion dollar Global Health Initiative (GHI). Since PEPFAR will be incorporated within the GHI, it appears likely that long-standing barriers to integration within PEPFAR could be lifted, opening the way for new integration initiatives. This objective seeks to secure Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) allocation of funds to support integration, clear supportive guidance, and increase integrated programming in annual Country Operation Plans for 2012.
- Accelerate demand and promote civil society involvement and informed decision-making about RH/HIV and MNCH/ATM integration strategies. This approach builds on PAI’s country-level relationships and prior efforts. PAI will engage six countries, facilitating technical assistance and the participation of civil society in Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) in ways that effectively promote integrated programming in Global Fund proposals (Round 11). In addition, PAI will work with implementers in these countries to communicate vital on-the-ground perspectives to those making U.S. program implementation decisions affecting RH/HIV integration. This objective seeks to increase integrated programming requests in Global Fund proposals and to strategically inform key U.S. policy decisions.
The project will occur in six focus countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia. The focus countries have been selected based on: 1) the potential population impact of RH/HIV and MNCH/ATM integrated programming; 2) political will at the national level for RH/HIV and MNCH/ATM integration; 3) prior history of funding from the Global Fund and U.S. bilateral support; and 4) country potential to be selected as a GHI-Plus country. PAI will work, in collaboration with FCI, to integrate MNCH and ATM within the Global Fund in Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Zambia.
For more information, contact Erika Larson, International Advocacy Associate, +1 202-557-3413, email@example.com.