Action Aid International The Gambia (AAITG) handed over two double cabin pick-up vehicles to the Santa Yalla Support Society (SYSS) and Mutapola Voices The Gambia at a presentation ceremony held on Thursday, 7th February 2013, at their head office in Kanifing North. The vehicles were bought by the Global Fund for use by the two organizations to transport critical patients to clinics and to run other project errands.
Mrs. Jainaba Nyang Njie, Manager of Communications and Documentation at AAITG and chair of the occasion, in her welcoming remark, thanked the beneficiaries for their presence and said it is very encouraging for them to work together with their partners in helping to stop to spread of HIV/AIDS in the country.
Mrs. Nyang Njie noted the importance of the vehicles in facilitating the work of the two organizations especially the movement of persons and project items. She said the Santa Yalla Support Society is a sub recipient of the Global Fund that is implementing care and support programmes in the Kanifing Municipality and West Coast Region and that Mutapola is a sub-grantee of the fund under the National Aids Secretariat.
She expressed her hope that the vehicles will go a long way in easing the transport challenges of the two organizations in the implementation of their activities under the Global Fund.
Mr. Alpha Khan, said the Gambia has received a grant from the Global Fund against AIDS, Tubercolosis and Malaria (GFATM) to accelerate HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support services for the next five years. He said the goal of the GFATM funded HIV/AIDS programme is to halt and reverse the prevalence of HIV infection by providing universal access to high standards of prevention, treatment, care and support in the country.
He said "the main emphasis of programme is on effective behavioral change and stigma reduction intervention; expanding access to a range of HIV/AIDS related services at facility and community levels, specifically Voluntary Counselling AND Testing (VCT), Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, prevention and treatment of Opportunistic Infections (OIs), access to well monitored Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) and community based care for People Living with HIV (PLWHIV)."
Mr.Khan said he and his colleagues have agreed on a Memorandom of Understanding (MOU) to coordinate a strategy that will guide the implementation of the grant with the view of ensuring synergy.
In her handing over speech, Dr. Kujejatou Manneh, the Executive Director AAITG, said the Gambia as country has committed herself to halt and reverse the prevalence of HIV\AIDS from 2.8% to 2% by 2014. This, she said, will be realized through the provision of a comprehensive HIV\AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support in the country through the round 8 Global Fund HIV grant.
The AAITG Executive Director said to achieve this lofty goal requires the collective and timely efforts of all stakeholders. She also added that "this cannot be done without good mobility".
Dr. Manneh reiterated the importance of the rational use of these vehicles for the purposes of the effective and efficient delivery of project deliverables.
She noted that Mutapola Voices The Gambia will receive the GFATM 106 while SYSS is GFATM 107 as their identifications.
The AAITG Executive Director disclosed that the two vehicles cost D1, 658, 944.