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A round-up of where countries in West and Central Africa are in developing their concept notes for their new funding model (NFM) allocations. Many countries that were projected to submit notes in Window 5 have opted to postpone. This is not an exhaustive list.
Two proposals from East and Southern Africa that emphasize community system strengthening are among 16 regional applications projected to be submitted on 30 January. The approved proposals will claim a share of the $200 million set aside for regional programs by the Global Fund Board.
Dr Gemma Oberth says that under the NFM, there are promising improvements in the way African countries are focusing on key populations, aligning requests for funding with the concentrated HIV epidemics at home.
Eleven Pacific Island countries have endorsed a multi-country concept note to respond to the varying HIV epidemics among their respective populations, ahead of submission expected on 30 January. The concept note -- among the only multi-country notes to be developed under the new funding model -- was drawn from extensive consultations to set priorities and identify areas of commonality.
With the end of eligibility for Bosnia and Herzegovina for Global Fund support, grant subrecipient World Vision is drawing-down its long-running outreach program that worked to promote a better understanding of TB and HIV among the country's marginalized Roma populations. The fate of the program's TB and HIV centers hangs in the balance.
For the Roma, who already face serious marginalization in Eastern Europe, TB infection only adds to the discrimination they experience.
Ecuador's Kimirina Corporation, which served as PR on an HIV grant that was audited by the OIG, responds to some of the conclusions in the OIG audit report.