TRP review of Global Fund Window 1 funding requests: Technical lessons learned for malaria, TB and HIV
TB funding requests did not convey a sense of boldness, innovation or ambition in the setting of targets or in the design of interventions, to quickly “move the needle.” This was one of many technical lessons learned identified by the Technical Review Panel (TRP) in a debriefing document which describes the outcomes of its review of funding requests from Window 1 of the current funding cycle.
On 20 March 2017, Zimbabwe submitted a TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund for $628.9 million. This includes an allocation request for $431.9 million and a prioritized above allocation request (PAAR) of $197 million. A separate funding request for malaria was submitted on the same day for $51.7 million.
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.
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.
Board approves $15 million for continuation of strategic investments in community, rights and gender over 2017-2019
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.
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.
AHF and researchers call for more transparency in UNAIDS’ estimates of the numbers of people on ARVs
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.
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).
Additional information on the decision not to approve extensions for HIV and TB grants to Bosnia and Hercegovina
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.