Gambia-Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the international financing and
partnership organisation; Global Fund, Tuesday held a new induction meeting.
The Gambia CCM was established in response to requirements and recommendations of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as an overall guiding body for the use of Global Fund resources.
One of the core functions of CCM-The Gambia is to ensure linkages and consistency between Global Fund grants and other national health and development programs and to draw on the strengths of various stakeholders to agree on strategy and identify financing gaps in achieving major challenges in implementation plans as necessary.
Yusupha Gomez, chairperson CCM-The Gambia said during the past decades, The Global Fund has become the largest external founder in the health sector for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, providing over $154 million in international donor funding since 2004. “With additional resources, this approach will have a significant impact on reducing infections, illness and death from the three diseases,” he added.
He said in partnership with national programs, the combined efforts have saved and transformed lives of many in The Gambia, saying the meeting is intended to share relevant information concerning the Global Fund, CCM and the ongoing grants in the three diseases with some of the new members of the CCM.
According to him, the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2015 by all countries, set clear and ambitious targets to end the epidemics of HIV, TB and Malaria by 2030, saying that by focusing on the impact, those noble goals can be reached but only through partnership.
He further appealed to participants to be fully committed and be supportive to the mandate of the CCM for The Gambia to continue to perform satisfactorily in the implementation of the three grants.