I want to start by thanking the entire FACT staff of 2016, the management, the board, the community, our community volunteers, government ministries and other stakeholders for making the year yet another success.
Due to these combined and supportive efforts and collaborations, FACT has enjoyed phenomenal growth coupled with stability. We remain indebted to such efforts.
Span of our work
The 2015 to 2016 programing year has brought in one national project (TAs4TB) of significance and two projects of thematic significance, that is, the Gender protection shelter project and the Interactive Research for Development (IRD) tuberculosis screening program for Mashonaland West Province. Two defining projects, the Eliminating Paediatric AIDS in Zimbabwe (EPAZ) research project and the Behaviour Change program, came to a fruitful conclusion. Through the EPAZ project, FACT managed to contribute to a global body of knowledge by providing good practices on community driven health centred innovation on PMTCT.
Throughout the 2015 to 2016 review period, FACT has continued to offer both direct and indirect support to communities through its implementation and sub granting prongs. To date, more than 10 partner organizations are receiving financial and technical support through FACT’s sub-granting prong. These are Care At The Core of Humanity (CATCH), Rujeko, Childline ZADHAR, Pamuhacha, YMCA, DOMCAPP, Seke Rural Home Based Care, Regai Dzive Shiri (RDS), SAT, Zimbabwe AIDS Network (ZAN), Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and PANGAEA. FACT is managing financial flows to all these organizations that involved in direct implementation and the provision of technical support.
We feel extremely honoured to be in some different forms of relationship with such well-established organizations.
It speaks to the trust, respect and confidence that such organizations and funding partners have had in FACT as both a custodian and administrator of funds and other resources that sustain organizations.
Through direct implementation and work through sub grantees, FACT has reached out to more than 15 0000 OVC providing these with education, livelihoods and psychosocial support. We have also managed to provide HIV testing services to more than 13 000 clients, of these 1 569 were commenced on ART. Efforts are being made to keep these virally suppressed as part of FACT’s contribution to the 90 90 90 strategy. The numbers are very inclusive as it encompasses support and services directed to key populations such as sex workers, mobile populations, Men who have sex with men (MSM), lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender.
Philosophy driving our work
Our approach is driven by recognition that access to health is a universal right regardless of one’s status, beliefs and actions. We are driven by public health focus where services are provided for the greater good and are considered inalienable to all humanity hence our response to HIV among Key Populations (KPs).
FACT is going through a consolidation process targeting areas of governance and internal controls from finance to programing. We are confident that such consolidation will position FACT to be a key sub granting organization for not only philanthropic and government funds, but for multi-lateral and multi donor funds such as the Global Fund and other global foundations. Going forward, it is our intention and long term strategic goal to adequately position FACT through internal system and governance platforms and structures to be a competent recipient of such funds for the benefit of 6 Zimbabwe as a nation.
Our involvement with such funds will create greater value for the recipient communities. Currently, FACT is involved at Sub-Sub Recipient level. Our broad based plan is to set up our local systems and structures to be considered for Sub Recipient level. We cherish the relationship that we are building with International AIDS Alliance. We are confident that the controls and due diligence proposed by International AIDS Alliance will go a long way in positioning FACT to be a competent contributor to supporting local organizations and local cause.
Mrs G.M. Shumba