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According to the Global Fund, by the end of the replenishment conference in Montreal, the Fund received US$12.9 billion in pledges. This means that the goal of US$13 billion is almost certain to be reached because some pledges are expected to come in after the conference. 


The presence of civil society, the private sector and entertainers ensured that the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment Conference was about more than just raising money. Several side events were organized.


A differentiated approach is being introduced for funding requests from countries related to the 2017-2019 allocations. There will be three different types of funding requests. And the term “concept note” is being abolished.


The AIDS Healthcare Foundation and other researchers are calling for more transparency in how UNAIDS estimates how many people are currently on life-saving treatment with antiretrovirals. A study conducted by a large group of researchers and published in The Lancet has produced some results that differ from UNAIDS figures. In response, UNAIDS says that it is confident its estimates are accurate.


A group of researchers asks whether the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 with current prevention approaches is realistic. They question estimates of HIV incidence and the number of people on treatment, and they express doubts about revenue forecasts. 


When the most recent TB-HIV grants were approved for funding, it was decided during grant-making that strengthening the community component of programs would be the best strategy to improve access to services for women and girls. A pilot program on teenage girls aimed at reducing gender-based violence is being implemented.


In Georgia, the government supports opioid substitution therapy programs at the same time as it enforces repressive drug policies and laws on the use of illicit drugs. Activists have been using human rights arguments to convince the government to change its repressive policies. In this commentary, Tinatin Zardiashvili argues that a public health and harm reduction approach might prove more effective.


Civil society principal recipients in Africa have committed to learn, share and engage with each other through a continent-wide community of practice, aimed at improving community responses by strengthening civil society implementers. 


Following approval by the Board in August of $180 million in funding for country grants, this article provides a summary of the comments made by the Grant Approvals Committee concerning grants to six countries: Bolivia (HIV), Central African Republic (TB-HIV), Côte d’Ivoire (HIV), Guatemala (HIV), Mali (HIV), and Zambia (HIV).

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This article provides a summary of the comments made by the Grant Approvals Committee concerning grants to four regional programs. In August, the Board approved $25 million in funding for these programs.


As he completes his last issue as editor of Global Fund Observer, David Garmaise indulges in a moment of Canadian pride.