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The Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization has ruled that the process to terminate former Inspector General John Parsons was “fundamentally flawed” and “procedurally unfair.” The Global Fund has been ordered to pay material and moral damages.


Opinions differ on how well Thailand’s transition away from Global Fund support is going. Some say it is a shining example; others worry about how services to key populations will be maintained.


The Board has approved 10 targets for key performance indicators for 2016, two of which have been revised since they were first proposed in November last year.


The Government of Malawi says that about a third of the medicines stored in its public health facilities are being stolen each year. Donors have urged the government to act to address the problem. Some donors are helping Malawi procure pre-fabricated pharmacy storage units.


Programs supported by The Global Fund added another 500,000 people on antiretroviral treatment in the first half of 2015, bringing cumulative results to 8.6 million. During that same period, the number of smear-positive TB cases detected and treated increased by 850,000 (cumulative total: 15 million); and the number of mosquito nets distributed rose by 50 million (cumulative total: 600 million). 


In a paper published in the African Journal of AIDS Research, Gemma Oberth and Alan Whiteside argue that financial considerations are just one of six tenets of sustainability. The other five are epidemiological sustainability, political sustainability, structural sustainability, programmatic sustainability and considerations related to human rights.


An assessment conducted by the regional “Harm Reduction Works – Fund it!” program in six countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia found that harm reduction programs remain inadequate. None of the countries in the study met international guidelines for access to needle substitution programs and opioid substitution therapy.