TRP review of Global Fund Window 1 funding requests: Technical lessons learned for malaria, TB and HIV
TB funding requests did not convey a sense of boldness, innovation or ambition in the setting of targets or in the design of interventions, to quickly “move the needle.” This was one of many technical lessons learned identified by the Technical Review Panel (TRP) in a debriefing document which describes the outcomes of its review of funding requests from Window 1 of the current funding cycle.
The Global Fund Board has approved an extension of an existing malaria grant to Nigeria as well as a new one-year grant with a new principal recipient (PR) – all at no extra cost. The extension and the new grant will be financed by reinvesting savings identified in Nigeria’s current malaria grants. This will allow Nigeria to maintain essential malaria services to the end of 2017.
In December 2016, the Global Fund published a new Modular Framework Handbook. The modular approach is the Global Fund’s way of organizing programmatic and financial information for each grant, sorting budget lines and performance targets according to set categories.
African governments must increase domestic funding for malaria in the face of reduced Global Fund allocations
There has been significant progress towards malaria elimination in sub-Saharan Africa.
Board approves $15 million for continuation of strategic investments in community, rights and gender over 2017-2019
The Global Fund will invest $15 million over the next three years (2017-2019) to bolster community responses, human rights and gender equality in its grants.
Findings conducted by The Observer, a Kampala based newspaper, indicate that instances of expired medicines and health supplies in Uganda is still rampant, and that expired drugs were still on the shelves at various health facilities during a recent survey conducted by the newspaper.
As part of its new strategy for 2017-2022, the Global Fund has placed increased emphasis on rights and gender. One of the four strategic objectives focuses directly on promoting and protecting human rights and gender equality, aiming to scale up programs to support women and girls (including programs to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights) and invest to reduce health inequities (including gender and age-related disparities).
Despite the distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated bednets (LLINs) throughout Cameroon in May 2016, 32% of pregnant women do not sleep under LLINs. In the Far North region of the country, epicenter of the disease, 77% of pregnant women do not use LLINs.
“End It for Good,” is the rallying call for the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment conference, to be held in Montreal, Canada on 16-17 September 2016. Millions of lives have been saved and infections averted, and tremendous progress has been made in the fight against AIDS, TB, and malaria. Yet, there is still no greater global health challenge for humanity.