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A new report released by the Global Fund Advocates Network and the Free Space Process partnership says the Global Fund is uniquely placed to maximize investments in key and vulnerable populations. 


Programs supported by The Global Fund added another 641,000 people on antiretroviral treatment in the last half of 2015, bringing cumulative results to 9.2 million. During that same period, the number of smear-positive TB cases detected and treated increased by 357,000 (cumulative total: 15.1 million); and the number of mosquito nets distributed rose by 59 million (cumulative total: 659 million).


In July 2016, the Global Fund approved $364 million in funding for 18 country grants, of which $152 million represented new money. Haiti and Madagascar received the largest awards. 


Funding human rights programs remains a significant challenge for the Global Fund, particularly for TB and malaria. This article explains how and where the Fund is investing in human rights.


There is considerable work being done on transition planning in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This article provides a summary.


An audit on grants to Zimbabwe by the Office of the Inspector General yields mixed results. Internal controls and grant implementation arrangements were judged to be effective. However, the OIG said improvements were needed in the quality of the services and in supply chain management. 


There were many sessions on topics related to the Global Fund at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa. This article provides an overview.


A report from the Kaiser Foundation and UNAIDS says that funding for HIV declined in 13 of 14 low- and middle-income countries assessed.


Prompted by findings from an audit of grants to South Sudan conducted in 2015, the Office of the Inspector General undertook an investigation which identified more than $500,000 in non-compliant expenditures by a sub-recipient.

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More than 600 NGOs from 151 countries signed a Joint Civil Society Statement calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to appoint an Independent Expert to address human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.