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A transition readiness assessment report prepared for Panama’s country coordinating mechanism says that “it is unlikely that Panama’s HIV-related civil society can effectively survive the exit of the Global Fund or gain a greater foothold as a full partner in [the] planning, implementation and monitoring of the national HIV response.” Despite this gloomy assessment, the report calls for measures to strengthen civil society organizations.


The Global Fund has agreed to accept in-kind payment in lieu of cash for $27.4 million in recoveries owed by Ghana. The recoveries stem from losses incurred when a fire destroyed the central medical stores warehouse in 2015. This is the first time that the Fund has agreed to such an arrangement.


As a result of a pricing agreement between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and two generic drug companies, starting in 2018 a state-of-the-art fixed dose combination ARV regimen will be available in 92 developing nations at a maximum cost of $75 per patient per year. The Global Fund was one of several organizations that worked on the agreement.


In the third of a three-part series, we look at some of the problems that delegations from the African constituencies to the Board have identified at the level of the Global Fund Secretariat with respect to poor grant absorption. The problems relate to conditions precedent and management actions, as well as policies on fixed vs. variable payments and country categorization.


Ignoring cuts proposed by President Trump, the appropriations committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved funding for global health programs – including the Global Fund and PEPFAR – for fiscal 2018 at about the same levels as last year.


As part of its new strategy, the (U.S.) President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief will have a particular focus on 13 countries with high levels of HIV that have the best chance of controlling their epidemics by 2020. The Global Fund Secretariat told Aidspan that it is already working on how best to coordinate its efforts with the new strategy. Health GAP, a U.S. NGO, was critical of the strategy.