12. The Grant Closure MeetingThe Multi-Country South Asia (MSA) HIV Program funded by the Global Fund was a regional HIV program operating in seven countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The goal of the program was to reduce the impact and vulnerability to HIV among Gender Diverse Population through community systems strengthening.

The program has been closed in September 2018 after 8 years of successful implementation and therefore SCI-Nepal organized grant closure meeting from August 28-29, 2018 in Kathmandu. A total of 47 participants including CCM members of all South Asian countries attended the meeting. From Bangladesh, Manaj Kumar Biswas, Coordinator-BCCM secretariat; Dr. Saima Khan, Country Manager, UNAIDS and Umme Farhana Zarif, Program Manager, Bandhu attended the meeting. The major thematic area of this grant closure meeting was to overview the impact of MSA grant in South Asian Region and aspiring for sustainability of efforts focused on Gender Diverse Population at national level.

Ms. Tara Chettry, Senior Chief of Party, Global Fund Program, Save the Children, Nepal welcomed the participants to the MSA closure meeting. She mentioned how the grant united government, PLHIV leaders, human rights advocates, and communities to tackle the challenges of building an enabling environment for a sustained HIV response in the seven South Asian countries.

Dr. A. Vijayaraman, Deputy Director, VHS, India; Dr. Ruben Del Prado, UNAIDS country representative for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, and Dr. Philippe Creach, Senior Fund Portfolio Manager for the Global Fund, highlighted the importance of continuity of the efforts in the best possible way beyond the grant.

The chief guest of the meeting Dr. Tara Nath Pokharel, Director of National Centre for AIDS and STD Control, Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal mentioned that MSA has contributed to improve the good governance practice of CBOs, as well as technical capacity on program management, financial management, program monitoring, and report writing.

Dr. Kechi Achebe, Senior Director, HIV and TB, Global Health of Save the Children USA chaired the opening session and concluded the session thanking the Global Fund for their financial support and trust in Save the Children’s capacity to implement this vibrant and challenging grant. Dr. Zakir Kadirov, Chief of Party for MSA and KPRA presented on approaches, results and key learnings from the implementation of the regional grant.

During the sessions, every country highlighted the significant achievements and closure plan at country level. Finally, the two days session ended with the speech of Dr. Kechi Achebe, Dr. Philippe Creach and Tara Chettry. They expressed their gratitude to Save the Children-Nepal team, Global Fund, the LFA, all partners and communities for a wonderful partnership.

“For every beautiful beginning, there’s a soppy ending”- Dr. Kechi Achebe. The meeting ended with distribution of letter of appreciation to SR partners from all the countries.