Zwedru, Grand Gedeh - A two day dialogue as part of a nationwide consultation organized by the Liberia Coordinating Mechanism (LCM) of the Global Fund has taken place in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County bringing together over 25 representatives of civil society organizations, Muslim and Christian leaders, as well as, traditional leaders, health and medical practitioners to identity priority for HIV and TB program in the country.

Welcoming the participants, Mr. Netus N. Nowue, Grand Gedeah acting Health Officer urged participants to fully participate. He further noted that it was good to see decision making process taking a bottom to top approach involving especially, community members and key affected populations in the country.

Giving an Overview of the Dialogue Mr. Murphy Kiazulu of the National AIDS/STIs Control Program told to the participants that the dialogue was in preparation of an application process to access resources from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria looking at its new funding model that was initiated in 2014. He further emphasized that the aimed of the model is to maximize strategic investment and seeking national government 5% contribution to the proposal.

Making a PowerPoint Presentation, Mr. Patrick K. Konwloh of Liberia National Leprosy and Tuberculosis Control Program explained to the participants the situation of TB highlighting the gains made, lessons learnt and challenges. He noted that Grand Gedeh County has not made sufficient progress on HIV and TB management program in the county, adding that it was time that citizens of that county picks up major issues of the programs to meet targets achieving measurable impact of both the national and global response.

Meanwhile, during the interactive dialogue, participants endorsed for consideration into the new Global Fund model, active community involvement, provision of TB commodities and HIV treatment, care and support services. In addition, support for key affected populations and mass media, among others, were recommended by participants.