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In the last year, in programs supported by the Global Fund, the number of people receiving antiretroviral therapy was up 20%; the number of malaria bednets distributed rose 25%; and the number of TB cases detected and treated increased by 9%. The Fund released the 2014 numbers on 1 December.


Ghana's Health Service spent some $3.8 million of a Global Fund grant on faulty condoms procured in a tender that was riddled with fraud, the Office of the Inspector General has found. In addition to developing a plan to recover the funds, the Secretariat will be placing all purchasing for Ghana under the pooled procurement mechanism and requiring greater oversight by the local fund agent


Nigeria has met its counterpart financing requirement for malaria as well as for a joint HIV-TB concept note as required by the terms of the new funding model. The West African country is one of the largest beneficiaries of the NFM, allocated some $1 billion for 2014-2017.


Encouraged by the Global Fund's new requirements that activities specifically targeting key affected populations be included in concept notes for HIV funding, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania is discreetly and carefully opening its doors to its gay community: a delicate dance for a highly conservative society. 


After the rejection in March 2014 of a first concept note, Democratic Republic of Congo has been approved for a second joint HIV/TB submission. The success follows months of technical assistance, both on the new funding model itself and for other requirements including community systems strengthening, gender and a more efficient way to collect and analyse data.


Civil society in Eastern Europe and Central Asia has issued a report warning of continued harmful effects of the Global Fund's new funding model (NFM) on their ability to maintain the existing level of programming and activities to respond to the region's burgeoning HIV epidemic.


Civil society in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are flagging challenges with opioid substitution therapy programs supported by the Global Fund, worried that without more flexibility, these programs could be hurting the very people they are intended to assist.


Aidspan's analysis of what accountability means in the context of global health cooperation was published in December by Globalization and Health.


Aidspan, the independent watchdog of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, is pleased to announce the release of its first-ever documentary film, "I didn't want to bring shame on my family": growing up gay in Ghana. The film is being released on December 1, 2014, to coincide with the global celebration of World AIDS Day.