New Global Fund Portfolio Manager visits ACHAP
The new Fund Portfolio Manager (FPM), Ms. Maureen Murphy Richardson paid an introductory visit to ACHAP this week. The FPM will be overseeing the implementation of Global Fund project activities in Botswana. She is taking over from the outgoing FPM Ms. Arianne Hunte, Richardson was accompanied by a team of four consisting of two members from the Local Fund Agent (LFA), outgoing Global Fund Program Assistant and the CCM Secretariat.
The purpose of the visit was to familiarize herself with ACHAP management and also be introduced to the team that she will be working closely with. The meeting provided ACHAP an opportunity to share progress made so far, the challenges experienced and strategies implemented to ensure the success of the project.
The CEO, Dr. Mafeni welcomed the FPM and her team and gave an overview of the Global Fund project. He provided background to the reprogramming exercise that ACHAP undertook. He mentioned that upon signing the grant, concerns arose regarding the overlap in a number of districts where the Global Fund project and PEPFAR were to provide services.
The Head of New Projects who is also the GF Project Manager, Blessed Monyatsi updated the Global Fund team on the efforts implemented, challenges and achievements to date. “Although the reprogramming significantly delayed implementation, the project has started gaining some momentum and we expect it to improve going forward as we implement new strategies” Monyatsi said.
The Fund Portfolio Manager appreciated the efforts achieved so far and advised ACHAP to implement strategies to ensure that they work towards achieving the target set for this year. She said that Botswana will only be able to access more funds if there is demonstration of ability to utilize funds disbursed to make the necessary impact. She was very grateful to have met ACHAP management and looked forward to productive mutual working relationship towards eradicating TB/HIV in Botswana.