Beyond Zero orientates Sub-recipients to the Global Fund Grant
Beyond Zero is one of the four Principal Recipients (PR) of the Global Fund (GF) ‘s three-year HIV and TB response programmes in South Africa. On the 12th of May, Beyond Zero signed the Global Fund agreement that is coordinated through a multi-stakeholder structure mandated by the Global Fund to oversee grant implementation which consists of government, civil society, development partners, and the private sector. Beyond zero has been mandated to implement programmes on Adolescent and Young People (AYP), Men who have sex with men (MSM), Transgender Programme (TG), and Community Strengthening Systems (CSS) programmes through a partnership with sub-recipients with exceptional experience and skills in seventeen (17) districts in seven (7) provinces.
From the 19th to the 20th of May, Beyond Zero hosted a two days grant orientation workshop with all sub-recipients organisations. The two-day workshop was aimed at unpacking and taking all sub-recipients through expectations and grant obligations towards Global Fund as implementing agents. The two days saw both Beyond Zero technical leads and sub-recipients robustly engaging on:
- Global Fund contracting and implementing guidelines.
- Unpacking the AYP, MSM, and TG modules.
- Grant, financial, and budget management.
- Monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.
- Managing risk.
The orientation workshop started and ended with a very positive outlook on NMF3 as a solid foundation for implementation, engagement, and support was laid. Beyond Zero’s CEO, Dr. Sisanda Gaga used the platform to welcome on board all the retained and new sub-recipients. The SRs were mainly represented by their CEO/Directors and technical leads, and they included IHPS, Anova Health Institute, MIET Africa, S.H.E – Social Health & Empowerment, DLGCHC – Durban Gay and Lesbian Centre, FSRS – Free State Rainbow Seeds, Tholwana, Social Change, Choice Trust, Pulse Health Care, Makhuduthamaga Umbrella (Sekhukhune), PASPWA, Centre for Communication Impact, Access Chapter 2, and Seed of Hope.
An introductory dinner preceded the orientation workshop with the Provincial Councils of AIDS (PCA) Head of Secretariat from implementing provinces, SR CEOs, and respective partners including the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), SANAC, and the National Department of Health (NDoH).
Speakers at the dinner made emphasis on the deliverables of the performance-based contracts SRs will be signing and indicated that their success or failure will determine and influence the next grant cycle. SRs were commended for their tenacity and reminded that the grant signing signaled the beginning of new opportunities, commitment, and hard work. The PCAs committed to providing the required support to integrate incoming SRs within provincial structures and facilitate MOUs.
Beyond Zero is looking forward to an effective and efficient working relationship with all SRs in the task ahead towards contributing towards Zero infections.
In February 2020 in one of the towns in Dihlabeng called Fouriesburg_ Tshepano 3rd Intermediate School was owing Eskom money and they had cut off electricity for the School. The IHPS Team placed in the School planned a fundraising event (A beauty pageant: Miss and Mr Tshepano 2020). Where teachers, households of every learner in the school, and the IHPS Team contributed a certain amount of money.
Parents were informed on time about the event, and on the day of the event goodies such as hotdogs, snacks, sweets, etc. were sold at the school in addition to the money contributed. The pageant took place begging of March 2020 then a week later Eskom was paid, and they got electricity back. The Principal and the teacher could not stop thanking the IHPS Team.
One of our beneficiaries who was doing grade 12 in of the Schools in Fouriesburg called Ipokelleng Secondary School has a brother who was doing grade 8 in the same school and a little sister who was doing grade 2 in another school. Happened to have been staying alone as kids since their mother had decided to stay with the boyfriend in another place.
One of the teachers reported that the brother had been absent for too long, she asked us to intervene and assist where possible. IHPS Team working at Ipokelleng, went for a home visit, and that is when we discovered that was a child-headed household. We linked the family to Child welfare where they would go every day after school to do Homework, Eat and their uniform washed. They would leave the shelter at 17h00 with clean uniforms and more food for the evening.
PGTs in Bethlehem had come up with an idea that those who have clothes they no longer use and still in good condition for someone to use, should be donated to our Beneficiaries who are in need. So far, they have donated to at least 4 AGWY. One PGTs has a foundation and she will be donating stationeries to a few of our AGYW when school reopens.
Through the absentees’ list IHPS Team working at Tshepano 3rd Intermediate School, one Monday back in February 2020 we went to a beneficiary’s home, only to find that their Shack has been burnt down. Everything burnt down including school uniforms and books and was linked to the Department of Social Development.
One AGYW got expelled in 2019 at Ntsu Secondary School, Bethlehem Social Worker managed to get her a School at Bethlehem Combined School in late February 2020. (No School wanted to take her because of her behaviour) however, the IHPS Social Worker did not give up on her and further supported her psychologically. The new School has not complained about her, instead of saying she has been behaving and performing well academically.
In 2019 November one AGYW who was then doing grade 9 at LK Ntlabathi Intermediate School was struggling to get admission to a new school since she was going to do grade 10 in 2020 due to an application fee and a birth certificate. One of the IHPS Social Worker and a Social Auxiliary Worker placed in the School assisted the beneficiary in reprinting a Birth Certificate which cost R20 and wrote a motivation letter for the AGYW to be admitted at Thabo Thokoza Secondary School and was then linked at the Department of Social Development to get a new uniform.