Regional: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Capacity Development in the Pacific (ADF Grant)

Sovereign Project | 38599-022 Status: Closed

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Project Name HIV/AIDS Prevention and Capacity Development in the Pacific (ADF Grant)
Project Number 38599-022
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0021-REG: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Capacity Development in the Pacific (ADF Grant)
Asian Development Fund US$ 8.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Health - Disease control of communicable disease

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Grant 21 commenced implementation in April 2006. The mid-term review in mid-2008 found that progress had been slow and disbursements well behind schedule. Remedial actions were put into place, and a mini-review held in Manila in September 2008 found that these had been effective. Subsequent to the review, a number of financial management issues were resolved, staffing has been stable, and recommendations from the July 2008 reprogramming exercise have been implemented. A review conducted in Manila in February 2010 found that sustained progress is being made with 2 activities requiring close monitoring--the MSIP condom social marketing (CSM) program and the seafarer drop-in centers (DICs).

Overall, progress and expenditure are in line with the term remaining for the grant. Major activities completed include the SGS reports, data store, laboratory capacity improvement through provision of technical assistance and equipment, STI comprehensive case management training, peer education mapping, and the development of targeted IEC materials. Most financial and technical support through the Grant ceased in June 2010; however, exceptions are the recently approved ongoing laboratory capacity development support, and existing activities such as the MSIP CSM program, WSB Love Patrol Series III, and the seafarer DICs. Specific strategies to maximize the potential for completion of these 3 activities by Grant completion date have been formulated during the August 2009 review.

There may be a change in the assumption that other funding partners will continue financial support for the CSM program in the region. It has recently been announced by MSIA that they intend to close the MSIP branch in Fiji (which is responsible for implementing both ADB and GFATM-funded CSM programs in the region) by end-December 2010.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

An ADB/SPC mini-review was conducted in Manila on 22 February 2010. Overall project implementation is progressing according to schedule: (i) SGS reports for 9 countries will have been completed; (ii) improving routine surveillance is an ongoing program that will be continued beyond the life of the Grant; (iii) laboratory capacity to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea has been strengthened in most laboraties; (iv) all Grant countries have been provided with behavior change and communication training, as well as technical and financial assistance; (v) there has been solid progress towards standardizing training, planning, and monitoring tools for health promotion in the Pacific, and the revised guide has been termed "Strategic Health Communications;" (vi) the MSIP condom social marketing program is fully underway in SOL and VAN, and a workshop is being planning for March 2010, in which MSIP staff will undergo training; (vii) a process review of Stepping Stones was completed in February 2010, and no further financial or TA assistance would be provided; (viii) Wan Smolbag is continuing its work on the Love Patrol Series III and remains on schedule; (ix) the roll-out of STI comprehensive case management training by regional partners at national level is almost complete; (x) all PDMCs now have access to STI testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea; (xi) information/education materials to support testing and treatment have been developed in line with country requests; (xii) activities targeting vulnerable groups have continued; (xiii) seafarer drop-in centers have experienced varying levels of success.

Cumulative disbursement at end of February 2011 is 95% of Grant value; actual expenditure at end-December 2010 was 88%. All Grant staff contracts will end as scheduled. Subcontracts with MSIP and Wan Smolbag ended December 2010. Overall project implementation is progressing and will close according to schedule.

Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The Project will not have adverse environmental effects.
Involuntary Resettlement No resettlement will be required.
Indigenous Peoples There are no impacts on indigenous peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

This proposal was developed through extensive consultative processes with stakeholders from ministries of health and civil and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and with country coordinating mechanisms.

PDMCs that were consulted include Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Island, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Regional organizations that were consulted include the Fiji School of Medicine, International Federation of Red Cross, Marie Stopes International, International Planned Parenthood Federation, the United Nations system, Institute of Applied Legal Studies, People Islands AIDS Foundation, Pacific Regional HIV/AIDS Project, and Wan Smol Bag.

During Project Implementation

The project design took into account the existing participation mechanism for developing the PRS. The stakeholders involvement will continue during project implementation. The PRS is the result of extensive consultation among national health representatives, regional organizations, and bilateral and multilateral donors. The Project will build on these existing mechanisms and ensure that a participation strategy is integrated into overall project implementation.

The targeting of vulnerable people in the Project will require extensive consultations, focus group discussions, surveys, and so on to design activities that are most appropriate for the target group. These activities will be incorporated into the Project.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services All consulting contract will end as scheduled.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Anne Witheford
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Kelly Robertson
KellyR@spc.int
HIV & STI Section, Public Health Directorate, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, BPD5 98848 Noumea-Cedex, New Caledonia

Timetable

Concept Clearance 03 Mar 2005
Fact Finding 20 Jun 2005 to 22 Aug 2005
MRM 16 Sep 2005
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 20 Nov 2009
Last PDS Update 25 Feb 2011

Grant 0021-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Nov 2005 18 Nov 2005 15 Feb 2006 30 Sep 2010 30 Jun 2011 25 Jul 2011
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 8.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 8.00 08 Nov 2005 7.20 0.00 90%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 08 Nov 2005 7.04 0.00 88%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

None currently available.

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

Title Document Type Document Date
Regional: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Capacity Development in the Pacific Validations of Project Completion Reports Dec 2013

Related Publications

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