On October 1, 2012 there was held CCM meeting with participation of OIG representatives and development partners. OIG Team Leader David Addison gave detailed information concerning the aim of their visit to Azerbaijan, scope and objectives of diagnostic review, difference between audit and diagnostic review, timing and other matters relating to the diagnostic review. According to him, the objective of this review is to discover key risks for the Global Fund programs and make recommendations for risk mitigation. It will cover the operations of the Principal Recipients (PRs), Sub-recipients (SRs), implementing partners and their interactions with the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) and the Local Fund Agent (LFA). OIG Team in the country consists of team leader, Public Health, PSM and Financial management experts.
Public health expert Mamuka Djibuti suggested talking about financial sustainability plans for all three programs and what kind of next steps would be carried out beyond GF programs in future. Mr.Djibuti mentioned that it is mostly a process evaluation; it is not outcome and impact evaluation. UNAIDS country officer Jamila Jarrahova asked about methodology or guidelines of this diagnostic review. Jamila Jarrahova gave information about priorities of UNAIDS which coordinates all UN efforts in HIV field. She also informed meeting participants about the situation on social protection and social work. She stressed that there was not a network of people working in social area. WHO Technical officer Elkhan Gasimov informed meeting participants on financial sustainability issues of Malaria. He stressed that there was a national strategy on elimination of Malaria (2008-2013) and WHO had good collaboration with the Global Fund. According to him, there would not any problem concerning financial sustainability in future because about 70-90% of malaria program was funded by the government in Azerbaijan. CCM vice chair Soltan Mammadov talked about weak points of NGOs engaged in HIV/AIDS and TB in Azerbaijan. During the meeting participants discussed important issues on TB program and gaps in funding of second-line drugs, as well as diagnostic issues of TB program, budget concerning capacity building trainings for local NGOs.We would like to inform you that, together with GF PIU representatives, OIG Team visited different regions of Azerbaijan in order to review work of HIV Regional Labs, VCT points, TB Dispensaries, Regional HEC, and NGOs implementing harm reduction projects. At the end of their mission, meetings with Directors of the National Disease Programs for HIV, TB and Malaria of the Ministry of Health, program officials and desk reviews at the offices of the PR, national program implementers and selected program implementing and oversight organizations will take place. As a result of the mission, they will develop recommendations for PRs, SRs, as well as for development partners.