The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) was established in 2002 as a mechanism for financing the response to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in developing countries. As a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities, the Global Fund (GF) represents an innovative approach to international health financing. The GF invests the world’s money to save lives on the principles of ownership, accountability and results. Kenya has for a number of years now been a beneficiary of funds from the GF.
In 2010, the country was again awarded a Global Fund Round 10 Grant to cover Malaria, HIV and AIDS interventions for the next five years. For a number of decades, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has been involved in implementing HIV prevention, care and support programs. The programmes have been in line with the organization’s fundamental principles, core values, mission and vision. The KRCS is committed to ensuring that the vulnerable communities in the country have access to much needed services in the most effective and efficient manner.
For the first time in history, KRCS was appointed the Principal Recipient (PR) for the Round 10 Global Fund Grant for nonstate actors by the Kenya Country Coordinating Mechanism. The grant runs for the next five years. The Kenya Red Cross Society takes this role as a great privilege and an opportunity to enhance access to much needed services by the communities involved in HIV prevention, care and support. The organisation is committed to provision of the most efficient, reliable and trusted services anytime and whenever required.
As a Principal Recipient, KRCS will be managing the granting and sub-granting processes – ensuring compliance by partners to grants contract obligations and providing technical and reporting support; Managing the technical and service delivery areas and strengthening governance and strategic partnerships. Monitoring and evaluation will be a critical function of KRCS during the implementation and management of its performance-based Global Fund grant. It is responsibility of KRCS to ensure that the Sub Recipients have the required capacities to implement their part of the programme successfully. Given the considerable number of Sub Recipients under the Round 10 significant technical and human resources will be invested in building Sub Recipient capacity to plan, track and report on programme performance and results. Therefore, capacity strengthening and building and supervision and support as well us stakeholder relationship management are the crosscutting function of the PR.
The KRCS strategic and high levels results are outlined in the presentation attached but programmatic results are as follows:
• Strengthened Global Fund Grant Management Capacities within Kenyan Red Cross Society
• Enhanced Grants Management Systems and Compliance by Sub Recipients
• Strengthened Global Fund Grant Monitoring & Evaluation Capacities within Kenyan Red Cross Society
• Enhanced Global Fund Grant Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Systems within Sub Recipients
• Enhanced stakeholders management and strategic partnerships
• Increase linkages with our KRCS programmes for the mutual benefit of the Organization
• Enhance systems strengthening across all functions of the organizations
The Global Fund Round 10 HIV and AIDS project priority areas of focus are based on the Kenya National AIDS Strategic Plan (KNASP III) 2009/10 – 2012- 2013, which seeks to deliver an HIV free society in Kenya by reducing new HIV infections, improving the quality of life of those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS and mitigating the socio-economic impact of the scourge.
This Programme responds to critical gaps in Kenya’s fight against HIV and AIDS. Its aim is to ensure the country has adequate resources to reach and exceed universal access targets, and implement ground breaking interventions that respond directly to this mixed epidemic, which cuts across all social, geographical and economic strata, with key pockets of concentration of risk and transmission among Most at Risk Populations (MARPs).