On June 1st till 3rd 2016, RNGOF Chairperson attended the Country Operational Plan (COP) 2016 Review, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA. The COP documents the U.S. government’s (USG) annual investments and anticipated results in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. It is also the basis for approval of annual U.S. government bilateral HIV/AIDS funding in partner countries Rwanda inclusive. The purpose of this Review in which RNGOF and the civil society at large was represented was to examine fiscal years 2016/2017 COP and resolve outstanding issues to that the COP can be approved for funding.
L-R (Participants from Rwanda and other nations at the COP meeting, Above is the RNGOF chairperson with participant at COP.:
Specifically, COP 2016 was therefore developed to maintain the use of data for decision making that was established in COP 2015 and improve the process in several key areas, including:
•Creation of a structured process to evaluate and determine required investments to support epidemic control through the following areas: health system strengthening, laboratory, strategic information and human resources for health
•Establishment of annual target setting approach for achieving epidemic control using data monitored through the quarterly PEPFAR Oversight and Accountability Results Team (POART) process.
•Greater integration with the restructured PEPFAR Technical Considerations which provide more streamlined guidance on key technical areas, including new areas and direction such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and service delivery innovations.
•Expanded capacity of country and regional PEPFAR team’s use of Ambassador’s Small Grant programs to increase support for local civil society advocacy and community mobilization.