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Issue 332: 07 March 2018

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1. NEWS: India plans to transition away from Global Fund support over the next nine years

By: Keith Mienies and David Garmaise

India is preparing to transition away from Global Fund support –– gradually, over a nine-year period. Some transition measures have already been adopted. India’s transition plans were described at some length in grant documents related to the country’s 2017 funding requests for TB, HIV and malaria. We provide a summary.


2. NEWS: Follow-up audit of Global Fund grants to Nigeria shows significant improvements, OIG says

By: David Garmaise

Since the last audit in 2015, there have been significant improvements, the Office of the Inspector General says in a follow-up audit recently concluded. But there are still many problems that need to be resolved, and some of the mitigation measures already implemented need more time to become effective. The follow-up audit covered the period from July 2016 to September 2017.


3. NEWS: Global Fund Board approves an HIV grant for Guinea with the Ministry of Public Health as a new PR

By: David Garmaise

Global Fund grants to Guinea, which are managed under the Additional Safeguard Policy, face numerous challenges. The Global Fund Board has approved an HIV grant with a new principal recipient, the Ministry of Health. The grant complements a TB/HIV grant approved in December 2017.


4. NEWS: Tanzania's TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund yields three grants

By: Kataisee Richardson

The Global Fund Board recently approved three TB and HIV grants for Tanzania, two of which have a government principal recipient (the Ministry of Finance and Planning). The third PR is AMREF Health Africa. The Technical Review Panel cited numerous strengths in the funding request, including the fact that the request identified key populations for TB: i.e. HIV-positive adults and children, mining communities, elderly persons, prisoners, people with diabetes, people who inject drugs, health workers and people living in urban slums.


5. PROFILE: Kenya Red Cross Society has been a successful Global Fund PR

By: Djesika Amendah

Since the Kenya Red Cross Society became a principal recipient for an HIV grant in 2011, the grant has been consistently rated A1 or A2. This article describes the reasons for the society’s success.


6. NEWS: Evaluation describes France's 5% Initiative for Global Fund grant recipients as "creative" and "relevant"

By: Aidspan staff

An evaluation of France’s 5% Initiative says that it “is relevant in the context of specific difficulties linked to the implementation of Global Fund grants in the French-speaking region.” The evaluation also refers to the initiative as “a creative mechanism combining a bilateral approach within a multilateral framework.” At the same time, evaluators called for some improvements in the operations and oversight of the initiative.


7. OVERVIEW: As Global Fund multi-country grants enter a new phase, we map all ongoing and planned regional and multi-country grants

By: Charlie Baran

There will be 16–19 multi-country grants from catalytic funding for 2017–2019, fewer than the 24 regional grants from 2014–2016 that are still active. We provide a mapping.


8. PROFILE: A Global Fund multi-country program in Southeast Asia helps countries SHIFT towards sustainable HIV financing

By: David Garmaise

SHIFT is a two-year regional advocacy program in Southeast Asia that aims to empower civil society organizations and key population communities to advocate for sustainable HIV financing. The four countries are Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, all of which have started to plan for transition away from Global Fund support. 


9. OF INTEREST: Malaria in Nigeria; the Global Fund and "big alcohol"; and Gender-transformative programming

By: Aidspan staff

In this “OF INTEREST” article, we draw attention to an interview on the financial gap for tackling malaria in Nigeria; another article about the Global Fund’s partnership with Heineken; and a guide on gender-transformative programming developed by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.


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