In the framework of Financial Cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and Germany, the German Government had offered a grant to enhance China’s capacity to prevent and control the spreading epidemic of AIDS. A total Financial Contribution of 9 million EUR was designated for the 3 border provinces of Guangxi, Heilongjiang and Xinjiang to support them in improving HIV prevention in particular target regions at risk. The programme was financing the procurement of medical and non-medical equipment, as well as measures for capacity building, behaviour change communication and harm reduction. The programme started in April 2010 and closed on the 31st of March 2013.
The overall objective of this project was to contribute to improving the health of the target population and to halt or reverse HIV transmission in the project areas.
The project was aiming at improving the capacity of the three provinces to respond to the HIV epidemic by:
Procurement of equipment for HIV/AIDS prevention and control (Voluntary Counselling and Testing, etc.);
Strengthening the provincial capacity to design and implement HIV/AIDS prevention, Information Education Communication/ Behaviour Change Communication (IEC/BCC) and advocacy measures;
Strengthening the capacity of the Xinjiang province to implement multi-sectoral HIV/AIDS activities.
The general approach of the Consultant was to bring the service methodology in line with the objectives of the participating provinces in order to:
Contribute to the development of comprehensive prevention measures;
Contribute to the development of comprehensive treatment and care measures;
Strengthen the capacity to manage and monitor the HIV/AIDS prevention programmes.
Project management activities:
Concept elaboration and execution of the intervention strategies, and advocacy for the appropriate approaches to be used;
Management of short term experts;
Management of the project funds.
The Consultant expert team accompanied the 3 provinces PIUs for the preparation and implementation of the procurement of equipment. This included the development of the technical specifications, the finalization of the technical documents and the planning of the procurement process;
Two M&E experts assisted the Guangxi province to design and implement an M&E framework for the project activities that could become a sustainable base for future programmes as well;
In the three provinces the Consultant experts designed and carried out a set of training, to increase their capacity to design and implement high quality and evidence based IEC/BCC strategies, and to set up appropriate and efficient M&E systems for HIV/AIDS prevention and care activities;
In the Xinjiang province, the Consultant team provided on-going support to the development and implementation of the ASF. Ist role included ASF systems development, working with participating organisations to assist with project design, implementation and M&E planning, review of projects during implementation to provide technical and management support and reporting results.