Aidspan's analysis of what accountability means in the context of global health cooperation was published in December by Globalization and Health.
Ghana's Ministry of Health spent some $3.8 million of a Global Fund grant on faulty condoms procured in a tender that was riddled with fraud, the Office of the Inspector General has found. In addition to developing a plan to recover the funds, the Secretariat will be placing all purchasing for Ghana under the pooled procurement mechanism and requiring greater oversight by the local fund agent.
There were huge obstacles confronting Democratic Republic of Congo as it navigated the new requirements of the Global Fund's new funding model (NFM): a lack of credible, national-level data; logistical hurdles to reach key populations in a nationwide consultation around a country with just 2,250 km of paved roads; and a leadership vacuum and entrenched disorganization.
Nigeria has met its counterpart financing requirement for malaria as well as for a joint HIV-TB concept note as required by the terms of the new funding model. The West African country is one of the largest beneficiaries of the NFM, allocated more than $1 billion for 2014-2017.
Restrictive policies that can sometimes prevent people from keeping their jobs could be compromising the effectiveness of Global Fund-supported opioid substitution therapy programs across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, civil society representatives from around the region told Aidspan.
Civil society groups in Eastern Europe and Central Asia continue to issue dire prognostications about the impact that the reduced contribution by the Global Fund to their harm reduction and other activities is having under the new funding model.
The number of people receiving anti-retroviral therapy through programs supported by the Global Fund reached an estimated 7.3 million by the end of 2014, a 20% increase over a year earlier. A total 450 million insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria were distributed, up 25% over 2013's total of 360 million.
Aidspan, the independent watchdog of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, is pleased to announce the release of its first-ever documentary film, "I didn't want to bring shame on my family": growing up gay in Ghana.
The film was released on December 1, 2014, to coincide with the global celebration of World AIDS Day.
The conclusion of the Global Fund's 32nd Board meeting since its inception in 2002 demonstrated a healthy maturation of the organization with signs of adherence to a systematic way of doing business. But lingering questions about impact, about equitability and about resource management remain, accompanied by concerns about the gaps in capacity and flexibility that the model has yet to overcome.