SDRC Selected as Sectoral Representative to CCM-Philippines

The DLSU Social Development Research Center has been selected to represent the academic sector in the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. The Center was nominated for membership from the private sector after Research Fellow and then Health Social Science Graduate Program (MAHESOS) Coordinator Ma. Elena C. Javier attended the 2nd Forum of the Philippine Partnership to fight TB, Malaria and AIDS last March at the Philippine International Convention Center. Among the forum's aims were to provide an orientation on the Global Fund project in the Philippines; and to provide an overview of the structure, purpose, and composition of the CCM.

The Global Fund seeks to attract, manage and disburse additional resources through a new public-private partnership that will make a sustainable and significant contribution to the reduction of infections, illness and death. In doing so, it can mitigate the impact caused by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in countries in need, and contribute to poverty reduction as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). According to its Framework Document, the Global Fund finances programs that reflect national ownership and respect country partnership-led formulation and implementation processes that build on and enhance, complement and co-ordinate with existing regional and national programs in support of national policies, priorities and partnerships.

The Global Fund recognizes that only through a country-driven, coordinated and multi-sector approach involving all relevant partners will additional resources have a significant impact on the reduction of infections, illness and death from the three diseases. Thus, a variety of actors must be involved in the development of proposals and decisions on the allocation and utilization of Global Fund financial resources. To this end, it is expected that grant proposals be coordinated among a broad range of stakeholders through a Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) which will monitor the implementation of approved proposals.

As member, SDRC will be participating in CCM activities from January 2008 to December 2009.