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.

As countries in Latin America and the Caribbean move through the new funding model (NFM) process, sustainability beyond the life of the Global Fund grant is at the heart of strategic planning.

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The Global Fund will respond to requests from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to be more flexible in reprogramming grants should this be needed to support the continued response to the Ebola epidemic. The countries may ask for a greater investment in health systems strengthening, as poor infrastructure, a shortage of trained health workers  and weak systems are driving the spread of the outbreak.

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An expression of interest for a $10.18 million regional initiative to develop a harmonized response to a TB crisis among Syrian refugees scattered across neighboring countries was rejected by the Global Fund.

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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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Civil society groups are stepping up their engagement in policymaking in Malawi, to ensure that their voices are not just heard during country dialogue but are contributing to a way forward to fight HIV. 

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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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