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Activists urge continuation of special investments in community, rights and gender

1 Nov 2016
A decision will be made at the 36th Board Meeting in November

As the 2014-2016 grant cycle comes to a close, the Global Fund’s six Special Initiatives are also winding down.

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Three ways the Global Fund could do more for TB

28 Oct 2016
The World Health Organization says global TB cases are on the rise

In October 2015, the World Health Organization reported that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halt and reverse TB incidence (MDG 6c) was achieved on a worldwide basis, in each of WHO’s six regions and in 16 of the WHO’s 22 high-burden countries. While this progress is commendable, recent evidence suggests the trend may be reversing.

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For its next funding request, Zimbabwean civil society calling for test-and-treat, PrEP

25 Oct 2016
The country is yet to adopt the latest WHO treatment guidelines

Since entering the New Funding Model (NFM) as an early applicant in 2013, Zimbabwe has been a unique case for Global Fund investments. The country submitted a single HIV concept note in April 2013 (before integrated HIV/TB concept notes were encouraged), was granted $311.2 million, and began implementation in January 2014.

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EECA initiative is improving the continuum of HIV care across the region

19 Oct 2016
Regional consultation in Kiev made substantive step to make action plan evidence based, contextual and operational

The EECA region saw the launching of an initiative improving the effectiveness of HIV treatment. The initiative addresses the high HIV incidence, the maintaining of the HIV care cascade, which remains a problem in most EECA states. According to WHO data from 2014, 55% of HIV-positives are aware of their status, while only 71% of those who know their status are officially registered.

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Communities and civil society delegations issue joint statement on the replenishment outcomes

4 Oct 2016
Many organizations applaud the results but add that more needs to be done

In a joint statement, the communities and civil society delegations to the Global Fund Board commended the pledges from donor governments, implementing countries, the private sector, and civil society partners for the Fund’s Fifth Replenishment.

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Information on regional programs that were awarded funding in August

16 Sep 2016
Four programs were given $25 million

Among the grants approved by the Board in August (see GFO article) were four regional programs which received $25 million. The Board was acting on recommendations of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grants Approvals Committee (GAC). This article provides a summary of the some of the comments made by the GAC concerning the regional programs.

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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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Global Fund tops PEPFAR on engagement of key populations: Survey

10 Aug 2016

A new survey report compares African key populations’ engagement in the decision-making processes of large funding partners.

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GFAN report describes “The Cost of Inaction”

2 Aug 2016
Key populations will suffer the most if the Global Fund’s replenishment target is not met
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Board approves costed grant extension to ensure continuity of HIV services in Mozambique

1 Aug 2016
Services will be provided through end 2017
However, additional resources for Mozambique’s HIV response are required

The Board has approved $77 million to extend Mozambique shortened HIV grant (MOZ-H-MOH). The additional funds will allow Mozambique to continue providing services through to the end of 2017. The Board was acting on the recommendations of Technical Review Panel and the Grant Approvals Committee.

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