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GFO Live contains news, analysis and commentary articles written by Aidspan about the Global Fund and related issues. The articles appear in GFO Live as we write them. Many of the articles posted here in GFO Live will also appear in the next issue of GFO Newsletter. When GFO Live articles appear in GFO Newsletter, they are removed from GFO Live. All articles in GFO Live contain a comment feature where readers can comment on the article itself and on comments from other readers.

Hard choices accompanied the submission of Russia's first HIV concept note under the NGO rule: should the priority be service delivery (including harm reduction and prevention services)  or advocacy to change restrictive policies on harm reduction? Country dialogue exposed the fault lines between the two camps as the clock winds down on Russia's time as a Global Fund recipient.  

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Ten years of armed conflict and perpetual insecurity have driven HIV prevalence in Côte d'Ivoire higher -- especially among women in the western zone on the Liberian border. Many of these women were infected as a result of sexual violence perpetuated by one or another of the marauding armed groups that terrorized the region for over a decade; others were infected after turning to prostitution to escape extreme poverty. Since 2012, the Global Fund has supported activities in the west to reach these women.

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Sub-recipients and sub-sub recipients of Global Fund grants are critical to the Fund's implementation model as they engage directly and consistently with populations and beneficiaries. Little research has been done to understand their experiences and document how they consider Global Fund operations could be improved.  Aidspan surveyed SRs across four  countries in the High Impact Africa I region: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda.  While the response rate was low, the survey reported a highly diverse set of experiences  with principal recipients and Global Fund processes.

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A new series of briefing documents prepared by the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health has been shared with 17 countries that are eligible for Global Fund support for HIV programming. The documents aim to provide key populations with the information they need to get involved at all stages of the new funding model process.

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The Georgian Harm Reduction Network is hailing a new law that overturns the requirement for emergency personnel to notify police when responding to possible drug overdose: a step they consider crucial towards decriminalizing drug use in the country.

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Russia's opposition to some of the tried and tested activities to promote harm reduction among people who inject drugs coupled with its changing relationship with the Global Fund threaten to undo even modest progress in controlling the spread of HIV within this key population.

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The Global Fund board on 9 September gave formal approval for a search to find a successor to Martin O'Malley, who announced in August that he would resign his position as Inspector General.

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Representatives of Kenyan civil society concluded a three-day workshop on 22 August with the endorsement of a draft 16-point charter to guide future participation by community-based organizations in Global Fund processes, beginning with country dialogue and concept note development under the new funding model (NFM).

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The Technical Review Panel has highlighted gaps and shortcomings in the concept notes that continue to roll in on schedule, as countries seek to master the complexities and requirements of proposal development under the new funding model (NFM).

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The Eastern European/Central Asian Union of People Living with HIV (ECUO) has been invited to submit a concept note under the new funding model following the approval of their expression of interest.

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