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.

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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For the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) - the single most-affected region in the world by the spread of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) – a loss of eligibility for Global Fund funding is bad news.

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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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The TB gender disparity has skulked in the background for years without serious attention beyond the occasional systematic review or qualitative study. 

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NGOs and community groups working on harm reduction and the HIV response in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are consolidating their services to maximize foreign investment and present a unified front in the call for domestic financing.

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In Morocco, a country of more than 30 million people, government and civil society are working together to find more than 20,000 people who are thought to be HIV+ but do not know their status. Reaching them, then treating them, is the key to preventing the spread of the disease into the general population.

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The Technical Review Panel says that incentive funding is not meeting its goals and is creating additional burdens for applicants under the new funding model. The panel recommends that the money be reallocated to countries where the most lives will be saved. In addition, the TRP calls for the allocation methodology to be revised for the next allocation period.

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Two principal recipients of Global Fund malaria grants in Nigeria were implicated in fraud  and will repay a total over more than $350,000, according to a new report by the Office of the Inspector General. Tighter financial controls will, going forward, be imposed in Nigeria to guard against future irregularities.

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