1. NEWS: Global Fund Board approves $36 million for country and multicountry grants
In the latest batch of funding approvals from the Global Fund Board, three country grants and two multicountry grants were awarded $36 million. The Board also approved funding in the amount of $66 million for interventions on the Unfunded Quality Demand Register. Some of the funding for the UQD interventions came from private sector contributions.
2. NEWS: First OIG audit of Global Fund multicountry grants gives ‘partially effective’ ratings
The Global Fund’s multicountry grants have been designed to address cross-border issues and bottlenecks in HIV, TB and malaria programs that single-country grants cannot resolve on their own. Multicountry grants have improved regional responses to the diseases but the grants have faced considerable implementation challenges. The OIG’s first audit of multicountry grants, based on a sample of seven and including a pioneering five-country malaria initiative, highlights systems, processes, governance and coordination issues.
3. FEATURE: Global Fund’s new HIV and TB multicountry grants in Eastern Europe and Central Asia begin implementation
Two multicountry Global Fund grants in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, for TB and HIV, were approved in December 2018 by the Global Fund Board, for a total of $18 million. Implementation began on 1 January 2019, but there is lingering concern among applicants regarding the effectiveness of the competitive approach prescribed by the Global Fund for the application process. A member of one of the applicant organizations, the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association, reports on some applicants' concerns.
4. NEWS: South Africa confronts HIV prevention challenge for adolescent girls and young women with new Global Fund grant
With the world’s largest HIV epidemic, and one third of all new HIV infections in the country affecting adolescent girls and young women, South Africa faces a monumental challenge in addressing prevention for the youth population. With the biggest Global Fund investment so far in a program focused on adolescent girls and young women, South Africa will take this on, targeting not only youth but also their sexual partners, caregivers and communities.
5. NEWS: Second OIG audit in Madagascar reveals that program management, supply chain and financial systems need improvement
In its second audit of Global Fund grants to Madagascar, the Office of the Inspector General presented a mixed opinion on the performance of the country’s portfolio. While Madagascar has made good progress against the three diseases, the OIG said, the country still faces serious challenges within program management and supervision, and further improvements are needed in supply chain and financial systems and controls.
6. NOTICE: NGOs call on Global Fund Board to sustain catalytic investments in harm reduction in next allocation cycle
Harm Reduction International and Frontline AIDS (formerly known as the International HIV/AIDS Alliance) released a joint briefing in January urging the Global Fund Board to sustain investments in harm reduction interventions, in advance of the Fund's upcoming decision at its May Board meeting on its allocation methodology and catalytic funding priorities for the 2020-2022 period.
7. ANNOUNCEMENT: Global Fund Advocates Network launches tools and resources to support the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment
The Global Fund Advocates Network has developed a web page listing a number of resources for advocates relating to the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment.
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