Botswana Business Coalition on AIDS recently held a Stakeholders’ Engagement meeting for the Private Sector as part of the Global Fund Country Proposal writing process. The BBCA CEO Mr Frank Phatshwane shared the contents of the allocation letter and its expectations and further explained that the allocation letter was premised around the diseases (HIV and TB) current National Strategic Frameworks, of which the strategic frameworks clearly outlines and defines the country’s priorities.
When unpacking and clarifying the processes for developing the country funding request, Mr Phatshwane emphasized the fact that it was within the Global Fund requirements that the proposal be informed by the priorities as enshrined in the diseases’ national strategic frameworks, and that all stakeholders must have been engaged and evidence or proof of meeting records must be available. He went further into elaborating on roles and responsibilities of the private sector in the national response to HIV and TB, and summarised it as summarized in the both NSF II and NSF III.
“Though private sector companies may be mainly focused on Prevention, care and support of the above diseases, there is an opportunity for further engagement through partnerships with Government to continue deliver quality comprehensive primary health care services to the entire communities, especially the key populations or disadvantaged communities,” Phatshwane stressed.
Challenges and gaps such as lack of well-coordinated testing services in the private sector workplaces, shortage of storage facilities at BBCA level before dispatching condoms to companies, lack of GBV programs in the workplace and lack AGYW services targeting young people in the workplace, especially in the retail and tourism industry/sector were identified, synthesised and quantified for presentation to both National programs and PDC for consideration and further guidance.
He said that was what goes into the country proposal and what was considered for domestic resource support through national programs. The meeting concluded that the gaps be presented to PDC and that feedback was needed on what went through and what didn’t go through, and the way forward.