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In an exhaustive consideration of the 91 concept notes submitted during windows 3 and 4, the Technical Review Panel flagged a number of concerns about both quality and content of the submissions from countries under the NFM. Identifying what they saw as a growing dependence on the Fund for financial resources to maintain their programs for AIDS, TB and malaria, the TRP advised countries that sometimes realistic was better than ambitious -- a decided deviation from the rhetoric from the Fund itself.
Since 2008, donor funding for AIDS, TB and malaria has reached a plateau. This is in part due to the global financial crisis, but it also reflects the growing recognition that domestic funding is needed for a sustainable health response.
The Office of the Inspector General says that neither the Global Fund Secretariat nor Ethiopia have the necessary systems in place to allow for a national financing strategy model to be implemented at this time. The Secretariat acknowledges that more work is required before it can proceed with this project.
An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General recommended that Nigeria's National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) refund $785,906 to the Global Fund after it found irregularities in renovation of medical stores carried out by contractors .
Georgia is fast approaching its self-imposed deadline to submit concept notes for HIV and TB grants under the new funding model (NFM). The CCM has organized a civil society forum and stakeholders' consultation workshop to revise the national strategic plans.
A contentious election over representation for key populations on Uganda's country coordinating mechanism has ended with an amicable resolution that activists in Kampala say will help with more effective targeting of Global Fund money to the people who need it most.