On September 12-17, 2011, the Technical Support Facility (TSF) for West and Central Africa held a regional capacity building workshop for regional and international consultants who will be preparing Global Fund Round 11 proposals. Dr. Brahima Bassane, National Coordinator, and Alain Kabore, Program Officer, from TIP project partner FCI-Burkina Faso were invited to lead sessions on both sexual and reproductive health and HIV (SRH/HIV) integration and maternal, newborn and child health and HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (MNCH/ATM) integration within Global Fund proposals for Round 11. During a day-long session for the 19 francophone consultants from Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Switzerland, the FCI-Burkina Faso team provided an overview of the state of SRH and MNCH in West and Central Africa, made the case for the importance of integration of services and programming, and conducted capacity building sessions to ensure that consultants were prepared to write proposals for Round 11 that meet the Global Fund’s requirements for integration of SRH/HIV and MNCH/ATM.

In morning sessions, using materials and presentations developed by Population Action International and Friends of the Global Fund Africa, the FCI-Burkina Faso team trained the consultants on integrating SRH/HIV within Global Fund Round 11 proposals and provided a review of the Global Fund’s Gender Equality Strategy. In afternoon sessions, the FCI-Burkina Faso team updated the consultants on the recent Global Fund Board decisions that encourage countries to strengthen the MNCH content of their Global Fund-supported investments and to maximize existing flexibilities for integrated programming. The team also trained the consultants on the newly released Global Fund MNCH Practical Guidance Tool: Strengthening support for MNCH within Global Fund Proposals. FCI created a quick reference tool document (available in English and French) highlighting key points from the Practical Guidance in order to help consultants include MNCH/ATM integrated programming in proposals to the Global Fund.

The TSF workshop was an excellent opportunity to raise awareness among this diverse group of consultants and representatives from UN agencies about the importance of integration and opportunities for SRH/HIV and MNCH/ATM integration in Round 11. For more information, contact Alain Kabore akabore@familycareintl.org