With the support of UNAIDS, Rwanda Biomedical Centre and Country Coordination mechanisms of GFATM a 2 day training workshop was convened to increase capacity of civil society organisations in evidence – informed planning, monitoring and effective reporting on key indicators of the response to AIDS.
The training is in alignment with global Fast Track targets for ending AIDS epidemic by 2030 as public health threat.
Over 50 representatives of CSOs mainly sub recipients of GFATM and others attended the training, shared experiences and was an opportunity to agree on appropriate tools to monitor and report on interventions at community levels.
UNAIDS Country Director Dr Betru Woldesemayat underscored that evidence – informed planning is key in the response to AIDS.
He appreciated the initiative of Rwanda Biomedical Center to increase capacity of CSOs in Monitoring and Evaluation, and reporting system that reinforces linkages of community data to clinical outcomes.
“I wanted commend the leadership and commitment of Rwanda in the response to AIDS. The progress towards the attainment of UNAIDS Fast Track targets of 90%, 90%, 90% is amazing. Rwanda is among countries which demonstrate that AIDS can be controlled,” Dr. Betru said.
RBC representative at the meeting Muhammed said that National framework of HIV response considers involvement of all stakeholders including civil society in response to AIDS as essential.
“RBC as a coordination body of the response to AIDS works on ensuring effective implementation of programs and reporting towards national targets and priorities. This training will serve as an opportunity to address challenges that might hamper easy reporting system of progress in prevention, treatment care and supported emphasised the representative of RBC,”he said.
Dr. Betru noted that RBC is taking the lead to update tools for evidence-informed-planning and reporting to ensure linkages of community data to clinical outcomes saying such initiative is very important to contributing to advance the Fast Track agenda.
CCM Secretariat,Itete, appreciated UNAIDS support to this important area of work he emphases that the reporting system is seen as a way to monitor progress towards the attainment of national and global targets for ending AIDS epidemic.
He appreciated the partnerships RBC, CCM, UNAIDS and other donors such as PEPFAR and civil society organizations.
“Involvement of civil society is very important in the response to different epidemics including AIDS,” he said.
This training was motivated to advance the Fast track agenda which sorts challenges in reporting system that identifies capturing civil society and other partners’ inputs to HIV response.
It is in that framework that RBC planed for and works in partnerships with different partners to strengthen coordination, monitoring and M&E system to ensure coherence and effective response to AIDS.
It was mentioned that further activities are planned to update data collection tools, elaborate electronic system and harmonize reporting system.
Community Support Adviser at UNAIDS , Ruturwa,said that it is good to note that Rwanda is increasing collaboration between communities, CSOs and government health systems to expand access to HIV prevention services, ART treatment, care and support.
This initiative is also expected to improve quality of services and reporting on Fast Track targets.
Civil society organizations are considered key players and were encouraged to effectively play their role to scale up prevention, treatment care and support services.
Participants were also encouraged to have a look at the 2017 Global AIDS update.http://www.unaids.org/