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New modular framework raises the profile of some key populations

27 Feb 2017
Transgender people and prisoners receive greater emphasis than before

In December 2016, the Global Fund published a new Modular Framework Handbook. The modular approach is the Global Fund’s way of organizing programmatic and financial information for each grant, sorting budget lines and performance targets according to set categories.

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The OIG’s report on Malawi identifies deficiencies in programs implemented for the three diseases

15 Jan 2017
Audit report on Malawi finds important components of some activities funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Fund, have not been implemented

The OIG last reviewed Malawi in 2010 with that audit being published in August 2012. That audit identified weaknesses in financial management, sub-recipient management, procurement and supply chain management. Malawi has since had to repay $3.3 million of the $36 million it utilized due to findings of improper spending unearthed by a 2012 audit.

3.

EECA constituency: transition may threaten key populations in the region

29 Nov 2016
Joint statement of constituencies for the 36th Global Fund Board outlines problems and provides general recommendations
Prior to the Global Fund’s recent Board Meeting, the EECA and EMR Constituencies submitted a common statement for the 36th meeting of the Global Fund Board.  The statement argued that both the alarming epidemiologic situation in the EECA, along with the envisioned decrease in funding might affect the sustainability of the positive results already achieved worldwide (in the frames of MDG-6 in combating AIDS).
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Board approves $15 million for continuation of strategic investments in community, rights and gender over 2017-2019

29 Nov 2016
The initiative will expand access to technical assistance during the 2017-2019 grant cycle

The Global Fund will invest $15 million over the next three years (2017-2019) to bolster community responses, human rights and gender equality in its grants.

5.

Advocacy for increased domestic funding a success in Ukraine

3 Oct 2016
The Government of Ukraine has committed to changes that will significantly improve the quality and coverage of ARV, MDR-TB, Hepatitis C and OST treatments.

Advocacy for increased domestic funding led by CSOs and PRs, and strongly underpinned by the Global Fund’s conditions put to the government of Ukraine, has achieved outstanding results. Communities, empowered by the Global Fund, have been able to partner with the Ministry of Health.

4.

AHF and researchers call for more transparency in UNAIDS’ estimates of the numbers of people on ARVs

17 Sep 2016
The Global Burden of Disease 2015 Study produced some results that differ from the UNAIDS’ figures
UNAIDS responds that it is confident its estimates are accurate

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a Los Angeles-based AIDS service and activist organization with a global reach, has called for more transparency and accountability in the way UNAIDS estimates the number of people living with HIV/AIDS who are on life-saving antiretroviral treatment.

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Global Fund rolls out Strategic Actions for Gender Equality Initiative

5 Sep 2016
Increased investments and enhanced capacity to address gender inequality

As part of its new strategy for 2017-2022, the Global Fund has placed increased emphasis on rights and gender. One of the four strategic objectives focuses directly on promoting and protecting human rights and gender equality, aiming to scale up programs to support women and girls (including programs to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights) and invest to reduce health inequities (including gender and age-related disparities).

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Additional information on the decision not to approve extensions for HIV and TB grants to Bosnia and Hercegovina

16 Aug 2016
Secretariat is reviewing the impact on nine components that are no longer eligible for funding

In GFO #293, we reported that the Global Fund Board turned down a recommendation to provide additional funding for a TB grant and an HIV grant in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Although to still do now know why the Board decided not to grant the additional funding, we now have additional information on what was being requested and why. As well, we are able to report on the reaction of the principal recipient (PR), UNDP.

8.

Funding approved for shortened HIV grant to Uganda

16 Aug 2016
Funds will be used to purchase additional ARVs

On 3 August 2016, the Board approved additional funding of $37 million to ensure that all essential services for a shortened HIV grant to Uganda can be provided through to 31 December 2017. The money will come from the $700 million which the Fund has identified as being available for portfolio optimization. The Board was acting on recommendations of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC).

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Tanzania will use its HIV grant extension to cover costs of ARVs through to the end of 2017

16 Aug 2016
About half of Tanzanians living with HIV are now receiving ARVs

As reported in GFO #293, the Board has awarded Tanzania’s shortened HIV grant an extension of $109 million to allow it to continue providing essential HIV services through to the end of 2017. The original grant, totaling $277.5 million had an end date of 31 December 2016.

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