Discussion Question 3: What strategies might have helped the GAP Unit to avoid the situation that they were in with regard to funding and the continuation of the project activities?
- Since the GAP Unit was aware from the start that IPPF funding was "seed money" only and would only cover 18 months, the officers might have:
a) Included, as one of their project goals, the need to find ways to cover project costs in the future. This would have kept this issue on their day-to-day agenda;
b) Appointed a SIRMCE/GAP member to take responsibility for seeking project funding and other forms of support.
c) Explored the potential of the private pathology laboratories carrying the cost of the training of their staff or even of establishing their own blood screening facilities;
d) Explored with the authorities of the city of Ahmedabad (or used the press or other means of bringing pressure to bear) the need to change the legislation regarding blood screening, to bring the city more in line with other parts of the country and to force all blood collection laboratories to screen or get proof of screening.
e) Tried to encourage the Government to take over responsibility for blood screening.
f) Explored linkages with other NGO or Government programmes in Ahmedabad and the State of Gujarat to help in such areas as vocational training for HIV+ blood donors.
g) Made early contact with other local or international donors to seek further support.
h) Prepared short reports on the project - its activities, progress and future ideas - and shared this report with other agencies.