On 5 April 2016, GFO reported that $630 million in funding had been approved by the Board. In this article, we provide additional details on the funding awards to some of the countries.
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When it comes to The Global Fund’s regional grants in Africa, Botswana is a pretty popular country. Currently, there are five regional programs which include Botswana – two HIV, two TB and one malaria – all from the first wave of regional concept notes (see table).
Table: Regional grants that include Botswana
In March 2016, the Global Fund Board approved $625 million in funding for 21 grants emanating from concept notes submitted by 11 countries. Of the $625 million, $300 million represented new money; the balance was existing funding that had been approved prior to the new funding model but was nevertheless included in the NFM allocations to countries.
In late December 2015, the Global Fund Board approved $433 million in funding for 20 grants emanating from concept notes submitted by 12 countries. Of the $433 million, $297 million represented new money; the balance was existing funding that had been approved prior to the new funding model but was nevertheless included in the NFM allocations to countries.
In November 2015, the Global Fund Board approved $224 million in funding for 22 grants emanating from concept notes submitted by 14 countries and one regional organization. The Board was acting on recommendations from the Grant Approvals Committee and the Technical Review Panel.
Among second batch of regional concept notes, a community approach to treatment access in West Africa
While the world celebrates the recently announced achievement of 15.8 million people on antiretroviral therapy, this progress has not been evenly felt. In April 2015, the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition – West Africa (ITPC-WA) submitted an expression of interest for a regional concept note which seeks to address disproportionally low treatment access in West Africa (Figure 1).
The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) has been invited to submit a concept note for a program on “Community Actions to Increase Access of MSM and Transgender People to HIV Services in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.”