10 Jul 2013 11:50
WINDHOEK, 10 JUL (NAMPA) - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) Head of Africa and the Middle East, Lelio Marmora is positive that the Programme Management Unit for the Fund here will deliver effective and efficient results in its fight against these pandemics.
Marmora was speaking during a meeting with representatives from civil society organisations at the Namibia Networks of AIDS Service Organisations (Nanaso) on Tuesday.
The meeting followed the signing of a more than N.dollars 1,2 billion (US dollars 120 million) grant from the GFATM to the Namibian Government to fight HIV/AIDS and malaria for a three-year period (2013 to 2016) on Tuesday.
?The GFATM is here to stay and want to be a permanent partner with Namibia. We have admiration for your work here and we believe the fund is going to work that is why we invested so much. We are also convinced that you have the capacity, political-will and the talent to make it succeed,? he stressed.
According to Marmora, Namibia has benefited from the fund because of good practices and experiences in the fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria.
The biggest challenge is now to re-invent and to remain relevant to responses, he said.
The Global Fund official then called on civil society organisations to throw their weight behind flexibility, and to consult the GFATM first before it makes any changes and new decisions on its programmes.
?We are committed but need you to help the GFATM to help you. You must report professionally about your activities,? he stressed.
The audit of the Global Fund Grants for Namibia issued by their Office of the Inspector-General (OIG) on 02 October 2012 stated under its Financial Management heading that ?there is scope to improve and strengthen controls over expenditure?.
This report identifies expenditure potentially recoverable to the grants, including unsupported expenditure totalling US dollars 1.65 million (N.dollars 165 million) and ineligible expenditure totalling US dollars 0.58 million (about N.dollars 58 million).
?In addition, there is a need to ensure that training expenses are paid in accordance with established guidelines, and thus optimise the use of grant funds?, the report said.