Report summary for January 2012 country management and support visit to Thailand
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Report summary for January 2012 country management and support visit to Thailand

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      Thailand report summary
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      As the U.S. science-based public health and disease prevention agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plays an important role in implementing the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) under the direction of the Department of State Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. CDC uses its technical expertise in public health science and long-standing relationships with Ministries of Health across the globe to work side-by-side with countries to build strong national programs and sustainable public health systems that can respond effectively to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. All CDC global HIV/AIDS PEPFAR-related activities are implemented by the Division of Global HIV/AIDS (DGHA) in CDC’s Center for Global Health.

      CDC’s Commitment to Accountability: CDC/DGHA launched the Country Management and Support (CMS) initiative in 2011 to identify any challenges resulting from the rapid scale-up of complex PEPFAR/CDC programming as part of CDC’s commitment to transparency and accountability. This initiative serves as a basis for ongoing, monitored quality improvement of CDC/DGHA’s programs and operations through internal programmatic and financial oversight. CMS is a proactive response on the part of CDC to ensure that CDC/DGHA is supporting the Presidential Initiatives, Department of State, and Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. The CMS strategy is designed to assess CDC/DGHA’s accountability in the following key areas: Intramural Resources: Ensuring proper management and stewardship of financial resources, property, and human resources within CDC’s overseas offices; Extramural Funding: Ensuring responsible and accurate management of financial and other resources external to CDC’s overseas offices; Public Health Impact: Ensuring the delivery of consistently high quality interventions and technical assistance that positively impact the populations the program serves.

      Thailand Country Management and Support Visit: CDC/DGHA conducted a CMS visit to the CDC country office in Thailand, which is headquarters to the CDC Asia Regional Office (ARO), from January 23-27, 2012. The CMS team also visited Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), which is part of the ARO, during this trip. The principal objectives of this CMS visit were to assess: Intramural resource stewardship and management, including property, finances, and human resources within CDC office; Extramural funding stewardship and management, including funds and other resources used outside of CDC through cooperative agreements with funded grantees; and Public health impact of activities, including delivery of services, interventions for HIV-affected populations and technical assistance in support of these efforts, consistent with the Royal Thai Government’s (RTG) and other regional governments’ priorities and objectives. CDC/DGHA headquarters (CDC/HQ) in Atlanta, Georgia assembled an intra-agency multidisciplinary team of nine experts in the following areas to perform the CMS assessment: country management and operations, program budget and extramural management, procurement and grants, financial management, and key technical program areas (e.g., Science Office and strategic information).

      The CMS team conducted a five-day visit to the CDC/DGHA office in Thailand (CDC/Thailand) and a sub-team visit to Vientiane, Lao PDR. The assessment included reviews of financial documents, administrative and technical program implementation and site visits with grantees, one-on-one meetings with staff, data quality spot checks, and reviews of internal financial controls and policies at CDC and grantee offices. Assessment tools and checklists were developed by members of the CMS leadership in consultation with subject matter experts at CDC/HQ. This methodology was designed to provide a “point in time” synopsis of CDC/DGHA Thailand and Asia Regional Office’s operations.

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