Catastrophe in Venezuela imperils the achievement of the Global Fund Strategy (2017-2022), says new report
Venezuela is in the middle of an unprecedented, state-made, complex humanitarian emergency. The public health crisis, which is just a symptom of the larger unraveling that is unfolding, has reached extreme levels. Essentials like soap and gloves have vanished from hospital floors. Life-saving medications are sometimes only available on the black market and cost half a month’s wages.
This year, I wrote three Global Fund funding requests for African HIV and TB programs. In Window 1 (20 March 2017), I wrote for Zimbabwe; in Window 2 (23 May 2017), I wrote for Zambia; and in Window 3 (28 August 2017), I wrote for Swaziland.
Both Zimbabwe’s and Zambia’s funding requests were invited to proceed directly to grant-making. Swaziland anticipates learning the outcome of its request in mid-October.
On 28 August 2017 (Window 3), Swaziland submitted a TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund. The total request was for $93.8 million. When broken down, $47.2 million of this amount was within the country’s allocation, $1.5 million was a matching funds request for catalytic funding to prevent HIV among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), and $45.1 million was a prioritized above allocation request (PAAR).
On 4 August 2017, Nigeria was notified that its TB/HIV funding request – submitted on 28 May 2017 – was not invited to proceed to grant-making. The Technical Review Panel (TRP) recommended a further iteration of the funding request. This means that the country must re-work and resubmit its funding request, addressing the TRP’s concerns. The country will resubmit its funding request in Window 4 on 7 February 2018.
The Global Fund has embarked on a process that could see major changes made to the role and structure of country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs). A key part of the process is a series of regional consultations which the Global Fund’s CCM Hub is organizing together with several of the Fund’s partners, including GIZ BACKUP Health, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Initiative 5%.
Indonesia’s funding requests to the Global Fund prioritize finding missing TB cases, HIV prevention services for key populations
Malawi’s TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund ensures no treatment disruption, increases services to key populations
On 20 March 2017, Malawi’s country coordinating mechanism (CCM) submitted a joint TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund for $384.8 million, along with a prioritized above-allocation request (PAAR) of $115.0 million, for a total request of just under a half-billion dollars.
The Communities delegation on the Global Fund Board is soliciting applications from persons wishing to become members of the delegation. The delegation is specifically looking for people from the following communities and populations:
Women; key populations; and young people living with HIV or communities affected by TB and malaria
Ukraine has submitted a TB/HIV funding request worth $119.5 million that the country expects will help broaden services, especially among key populations. The proposal includes a further $39.2 million prioritized above-allocation request (PAAR).