The Global Fund visits UNDP-GFATM in IranMay 6, 2013
The Global Fund team visited Iran in a ten-day visit in order to engage with the UNDP/Global Fund team in Iran .
The Global Fund team, assigned to Islamic Republic of Iran’s portfolio in February 2013, came to Iran in a ten-day visit in order to engage with the UNDP/Global Fund team and national partners who are managing the GFATM HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis (TB) projects on the ground and to discuss ways forward for continuation of the partnership.
Mr. Manab Basnet, the Global Fund Portfolio Manager for I.R. Iran, said in an interview with UNDP Communications Office that the team was impressed by the level of competency and commitment of each individual involved in the programmes, and highly impressed by the level of partnership in the country, emphasizing that “the Global Fund support can never demonstrate result without a strong partnership on the ground, and I think Iran demonstrates that level of partnership.”
During their country visit the team visited the “Tuberculosis Prevention in High Burden Areas” project site in Isfahan, including the TB laboratories as well as the TB Control activities in Isfahan Central Prison, to see the progress of the project at provincial level.
Mr. Basnet called this visit an “eye opening opportunity” adding that” it helped us to understand the context, the situation, as well as the challenges on the ground and opportunities for further cooperation.”
Ms. Wu Di Global Fund Senior Program Officer, also said that “we are very much impressed by the health system in Iran; the high effect of our limited investment in the system and the incredible impact that the programmes have on the end beneficiaries.”
She added that “the [Global Fund] team is very impressed by the level of commitment and devotion of each and every person we have met both at national and provincial level, including the laboratory technician, the prison physicians, and health workers” emphasizing that this shows the level of commitment and in-depth knowledge of the field.
As part of the new monitoring procedures put in place by the Global Fund Board, the team is planning to visit Iran 2 or 3 more times before the end of the year.