GFO Live

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.

The Global Fund has improved its on-time and in-full delivery of health commodities purchased under the pooled procurement mechanism to 68% from its previous level of 38% due to improvements in the up-stream supply chain. Tackling the lag between the port of entry and the so-called 'last mile' is the next hurdle for the procurement team.

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The Office of the Inspector General has released two reports highlighting financial allegations against stakeholders in the Great Lakes, implementing programming supported by the Global Fund in Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. Stricter financial controls have already been imposed to mitigate future instances of fraud, bad management and collusive practices as the countries prepare for eventual disbursements under the new funding model.

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Ukraine's president has signed the country's national strategic plan, which lays out a roadmap for transitioning away from reliance on Global Fund financial support. Civil society, however, has expressed concern that the commitment to transition has yet to be supported by commitment to financing from state budgets.

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Aidspan presents a comprehensive analysis of the allocations under the NFM for 2014 – 2017 including a description of the impact of “over-allocated” and “significantly over-allocated” on totals for different countries and regions. The analysis also compares NFM allocation totals with funding disbursed under the rounds-based approach between 2010 and 2013.   

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Investigations into alleged financial mismanagement by the head of Malawi's National AIDS Commission are continuing in the wake of the ouster of its executive director, but they should have no impact on the continuing administration of Global Fund HIV grants, Aidspan understands from government and Fund sources.

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Georgia is committing both financial and human resources to an overhaul of its national TB program to address the growing problem of MDR-TB in the country, signalling its willingness to pay -- and to change -- as it develops its TB concept note for the Global Fund.

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Eradicating TB requires a groundswell of community support championing its intention. Not only do all the different players in the sector need to play their parts well but they need a hospitable environment in which they can play their parts together.

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Over the period 2010 – 2012, the Global Fund appears to have met almost 40% of total expenditure, as reported by the national Tuberculosis programmes in the 17 non BRICS high burden countries.  The average total cost per notified case in these countries was $79, of which the Global Fund support averages out at $31 per case per year.     

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Georgia is committing both financial and human resources to an overhaul of its national TB program to address the growing problem of MDR-TB in the country, signalling its willingness to pay -- and to change -- as it develops its TB concept note for the Global Fund

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Because prison populations often consist of individuals with greater risk factors for contracting HIV than the general population, HIV and AIDS are significant health threats to the entirety of the prison population -- both inmates and employees.

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