1. NEWS: Political instability, decreasing resources and a resurgent malaria epidemic: A challenging environment for Global Fund grants in Burundi
Political instability and continuing economic problems have created a complex environment for programming in Burundi. Malaria and TB/HIV grants recently approved by the Global Fund Board are facing numerous challenges. This article summarizes the comments of the Technical Review Panel and the Grant Approvals Committee when it reviewed Burundi’s funding requests.
2. NEWS: Ukraine starts transition away from Global Fund support without a detailed transition plan, OIG says
In its audit of Global Fund grants to Ukraine, the Office of the Inspector General handed the country a mixed report card. It said that implementation arrangements, as well as procurement and supply chain management, were “partially effective,” the second highest ranking in the OIG’s rating scheme. However, it added, the effectiveness of program processes and controls needs significant improvement. The OIG also observed that Ukraine is scheduled to start transferring responsibility for key programs from NGOs to the government in the absence of a detailed transition plan.
3. NEWS: The Global Fund's TRP praises India for ambitious plan to fast track the end of the HIV epidemic
The Technical Review Panel found a lot to like when it reviewed India’s HIV funding request in 2017. The TRP particularly cited the country’s ambitious plan to fast track the end of the HIV epidemic. At the same time, however, the TRP expressed several concerns, including the absence of human rights– and gender-responsive programming. Five HIV grants to India were among the grants recently approved by the Global Fund Board.
4. NEWS: Strong role for private sector in Global Fund's TB grants to India
India, the second most populated country in the world, and soon to become the largest, contributes 27% of the world’s TB burden. It plans to end TB by 2025. This article summarizes the comments from the Technical Review Panel and the Grants Approvals Committee on India’s TB funding request. In January, the Board approved four TB grants and one TB/HIV grant to India.
5. NEWS: Challenges remain in the "inherent structure and paradigm" of the Global Fund, study says
A study just published in the journal Globalization and Health says that despite the reforms associated with the new funding model, challenges remain in the “inherent structure and paradigm” of the Global Fund. The lack of country offices has many negative downstream effects, the researchers said, including having to rely on in-country partners, and ineffective coordination of in-country activities. Most of the interviews conducted for the study were done in late 2013.
6. NEWS: Global Fund grant will expand HIV prevention, care and treatment services for key populations in Guyana
When it reviewed Guyana’s HIV program continuation funding request, the Technical Review Panel said that the request built on lessons learned from Guyana’s most recent programming for key populations. Issues raised by the panel were either fully or at least partially addressed during grant-making. The Global Fund Board recently approved funding for the HIV grant.
7. NEWS: The Global Fund's strategic initiatives focus on deliverables and outcomes
All but one of the Global Fund’s 14 strategic initiatives are now in the implementation phase. The Secretariat says that each initiative has a “sharp focus” on deliverables and outcomes. The strategic initiatives, which have a budget of $194 million, are part of the Fund’s catalytic investments.
8. NEWS: New partnerships involving the Global Fund announced at Davos
The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland was the occasion for the announcement of several partnerships involving the Global Fund. The announcements included the launch of the HER (HIV Epidemic Response) initiative; a partnership between (RED) and Africans for Africa; and partnerships between the Global Fund and three global private companies. The partnership with one of these companies provoked a reaction from organizations concerned with the effects of alcohol on public health.
9. ANNOUNCEMENT: Aidspan survey deadline extended
The deadline for completing the Aidspan Strategy Survey has been extended to 18 February 2018.
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