The Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, attends The Global Fund Principal Recipient (FHI 360) orientation organized for Sub-Recipients
The Global Fund is a 21st century partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector, and people affected by the disease. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly US$4 billion every year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need.
On the 1st of March, 2017, Family Health International (FHI 360) received a new grant from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) as Principal Recipient (PR). The grant aims to support the delivery of urgently needed comprehensive HIV and AIDS services in Nigeria. The program will contribute to the national goal to expand HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support in Nigeria in order to reduce HIV incidence and its associated morbidity and mortality.
As part of grant implementation commencement activities, FHI 360 organized 3-day orientation for the seven Sub-Recipients (SRs) under the award from the 14th – 17th March, 2017. The SRs include: Institute of Human Virology (IHVN), Center for Health Education, Economic Rehabilitation and Social Security (CHEERS), Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS), Pathfinder International, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Prime Health Response Initiative (PHRI). This meeting had the objective to bring all SRs up to speed on the grant implementation framework, strategies and performance target for the next 10 months.
The biggest highlight of day one of the orientation was the momentous visit of the Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole. The Honorable Minister also serves as Chairman of the GF Country Coordinating Mechanism (GF CCM). In his exemplary style of leadership, he made an entry reminiscent of a personality not hitherto attributable to a man of his standing. Professor Isaac Adewole, or “IFA” as he is fondly called by close friends, made an impressive entry into the venue of the orientation to the amazement of all. This visit by the Honorable Minister in person underscores the significance of the grant; it also resonates with his change mantra which envisions a Nigerian health system that can once again be the pride of the nation and win back the confidence of donor agencies in our capability to manage programs efficiently. He expressed his faith in our collective ability to make a difference and present Nigeria in a positive light.
After his sobering but encouraging remarks, he sat back to listen to FHI 360 presentations before bidding the gathering farewell. The Honorable Ministers’ visit remains indelible to FHI 360 and will reckon as a testament to “Vision 360.”