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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.
A diagnostic review of six grants to Thailand, conduced by the Office of the Inspector General, found a mix of good practices and risks. Programmes providing HIV and TB treatment to the uninsured population are not sustainable because they are not integrated with the national health system, the OIG said.
Using money from the Global Fund, a project in Zimbabwe is enhancing the collection of health data by providing Internet connection infrastructure in 82 sites. Similar projects are underway in other countries.
Of the 15 information notes released recently by the Global Fund, four are completely new and another three have been significantly revised.
The Global Fund Board has approved funding for Phase 2 of a Round 9 health systems strengthening grant to Ethiopia.
NEWSGlobal Fund Approves Phase 2 of Regional HIV Grant in LAC on Condition that the Grant is Completely Rewritten
The Global Fund has approved Phase 2 funding for a regional HIV grant in Latin America and the Caribbean. In Phase 2, the focus will shift from activities related to police and the military to activities to reduce stigma and discrimination affecting populations such as sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgendered people.
The Global Fund Board has approved funding in the amount of $90.6 million for Phase 2 of a malaria grant managed by Anglo Gold Ashanti; and in the amount of $55.8 million for Phase 2 of a malaria grant administered by the National Malaria Control Programme. Both grants are in Ghana.
The Global Fund Board has approved funding in the amount of $63.2 million for the next implementation period of an single-stream-of-funding malaria grant to Tanzania.
The Global Fund Board has approved funding for Phase 2 of a Round 4 HIV grant to Colombia. The grant will be reprogrammed to focus more on populations where the rate of HIV is highest.
NEWSGlobal Fund Proposes a Mission to Ukraine to Discuss Concerns About TB Programme, Health Systems
The Grant Approval Committee recommends that a high-level delegation from the Global Fund and its partners visit Ukraine to discuss deficiencies in the design and management of the TB programme and the related health systems. The Global Fund Board has approved funding for Phase 2 of a TB grant to Ukraine.
Switzerland has raised its pledge to the Global Fund for 2013 from about $7.5 million to about $10.6 million, an increase of more than 40%.