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ASAP Regional Workshop - Middle East and North Africa

A group exercise to demonstrate teamwork and resultsHammamet, Tunisia, January 26 - February 6, 2009 

Diverse epidemiological contexts, levels of political commitment, access to services, and socio-economic development and policies shape the architecture of the response to AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA)  countries.

Reflecting this diversity, the National AIDS Strategic and Operational Plans in the region are at different stages of development and implementation. Notwithstanding diversity, while the focus and quality of these plans vary, there are a number of common challenges across MENA in developing and implementing these plans.

Also, the increased availability of resources from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) and others in lower income countries has provided the opportunity to scale up the implementation of National Strategies. Hence, harmonizing various operational plans within countries, and ensuring that resources are allocated where infections are and will likely occur, remains a key challenge.

In contrast to the countries where Global Funds are available, the ‘wealthier’ countries’ [8 out of 21 MENA countries are middle-high or high income countries], where Global Fund resources are not available and often times public resources allocated by the government are scarce, is the situation and challenges of having limited resources for HIV. Scarce resources may hamper the ability to implement National Strategies at national scale. In this case, elaborating costed and realistic operational plans is an, even more, imperative tool for resource mobilization and implementation of the response.

Therefore, the ASAP regional capacity building program material has been adapted to respond to the diverse needs of countries present in the workshop. Due to the intensive nature of the workshop, participation was limited to 12 countries and representatives from UNAIDS co-sponsors (Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen). Case examples were drawn from these, as well as other, countries in MENA.


Day 1: Overview and Key Challenges

Day 2: Situation Response & Assessment

Day 3: Setting Priorities, Economic Evalation, and Costing

Day 4: Resource Needs and Resource Allocation, the GOALS model

Day 5: Monitoring and Evaluation

Day 6: Strategic Planning and HIV Prevention

Day 7: Introduction to Operational Planning

Day 8: Developing An Operatonal Plan

Day 9: Costing an Operational Plan, Performance Monitoring

Day 10: Coordination and Management of Implementation





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