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Tuesday, 5 January 2016
Report on evidence on the issues affecting running of Global Fund grants with TB component.
This study was commissioned to gather evidence on CSOs’ feedback and recommendations on the issues affecting the running of the Global Fund (GF) grants with TB component in Uganda, was made possible with support from Stop TB Partnership is implementing a project “Strengthening CSO and KAP Engagement in National Global Fund processes, through the Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organization (UNASO).
UNASO’s primary objective for undertaking this study was to gather evidence on CSOs’ feedback and recommendations on the issues affecting the running of the GF grants with the TB component; and specifically to 1) establish the level of involvement of the CSOs in planning, grants negotiation and implementation of planned GF grant TB activities, 2) to establish the views of CSOs, health facilities and other partners on the obstacles related to GF TB grants implementation, and 3) to determine recommendations by CSOs, service providers and other development partners to strengthen the implementation of GF grants with the TB component in Uganda.
The study was broad-ranging, covering questions of the Global Fund (GF) TB grants program’s overall programmatic effectiveness and achievements in regard to CSO’s engagement at district and community level, whether CSOs are engaged in GF TB grants planning and implementation, their stages of engagement and challenges experienced during the planning and implementation process, CSOs’ awareness of the GF TB grants disbursements, sources funds for CSOs and other partners’ TB activities.
The study also looked at CSOs’ GF TB grants negotiation and the obstacles related to GF TB grants implementation and CSOs and other development partners’ recommendations to strengthening the implementation of GF grants with the TB component in Uganda.
A team of two local consultants (public health specialists) and six research assistants conducted the study between May 20th to June 25th 2015. The study was conducted in four districts (Busia, Buikwe, Kiboga and Kampala), which were specifically selected because of the high TB burden/ prevalence rates, according to the National TB & leprosy report 2012.
The study population included representatives of the CSO partners implementing TB programs, health facilities offering TB services, district leaders , line ministries , AID Development Partners (ADPs), network of communities affected with TB and the overseers of the Global fund grants in Uganda. The review team used both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection to obtain information on which this report is based.
As a key limitation, the time allocated to this study was relatively short; therefore, the study team could not cover every aspect of the program, including visiting all districts that have benefited from the GF TB grants.