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Issue 284: 06 April 2016

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1. NEWS: The Global Fund has been backing away from efforts to promote generic competition

Although The Global has historically supported efforts to promote generic competition, recent events demonstrate that it has been retreating from this position.


2. NEWS: In Uganda, a bill regulating NGOs threatens programs targeting key populations

In Uganda, a bill seeking to regulate NGOs was signed at the end of January. Activists say some provisions of the bill threaten Global Fund–supported activities for key populations. Some civil society organizations plan to challenge the bill in court. 


3. NEWS: Recommendations for transitioning countries made available

A paper released jointly by APMGlobal Health and Aidspan contains recommendations for countries transitioning from Global Fund support.


4. NEWS: Process for planning the 2017-2022 Strategy has been significantly enhanced, OIG finds

The process put in place to plan the 2017-2022 Strategy is a significant improvement over processes used for past strategies, the Office of the Inspector General says in an audit recently concluded. However, it says, there is room for improvement on the timing and extent of data analysis to inform strategic choices. As well, there are significant issues concerning the processes for implementing and monitoring the 2012-2016 Strategy.


5. NEWS: Processes related to the implementation of the 2012-2016 Strategy are ineffective: OIG

The processes and controls for the implementation of the current Strategy are ineffective, the Office of the Inspector General says, although actions are being taken to improve them. 


6. NEWS: OIG identifies significant issues with monitoring The Global Fund’s current strategy

According to the Office of the Inspector General, the Secretariat has not yet established an effective mechanism to monitor The Global Fund’s performance against its Strategy. The OIG recently completed on audit on the Fund’s strategic planning processes. The OIG said that the current key performance indicator framework is ineffective and does not make timely corrective action possible.


7. NEWS: Kenya takes steps to reduce the risk of treatment disruptions

Kenya has introduced several measures to reduce the risk of treatment disruptions. This is in response to serious shortages of TB drugs experienced in 2014, and risks that have been identified of additional shortages that could affect drugs for all three diseases.


8. NEWS: An update on The Global Fund’s six special initiatives

This article contains a progress report on the Fund’s special initiatives, which are part of the new funding model. 


9. NEWS: Board approves another $630 million in country and regional grants

In March 2016, the Global Fund Board approved $625 million in funding for 21 grants emanating from concept notes submitted by 11 countries. One regional grant was awarded $5 million.


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