Thailand has been hailed by The Global Fund as the golden example of a well-planned and well-managed transition. When Thailand submitted its TB/HIV concept note in June 2014, the country announced that this would be the last time it requested money from The Global Fund. The country indicated that it would transition in just two years, shorter than the standard three-year Global Fund grant cycle. This is an unusual situation.
Planning for how programs will be sustained after The Global Fund (or any other donor) has withdrawn from a country – or is anticipated to withdraw, sooner or later – must take into account more than just where the money will come from.
Aidspan has published a report on how The Global Fund’s willingness-to-pay (WTP) policy is being operationalized at country level. The report is based on an analysis of case studies which Aidspan conducted in 13 countries, plus information provided by The Global Fund Secretariat.
There was no agenda item on transition at the Board meeting on 16-17 November, but the topic was much discussed at the Board table and in the corridors. There were calls for clear strategies on transition, for the development of a transition road map, and for transition to be moved up to the top of the Board agenda. It was noted that there is no key performance indicator on transition.
Survey finds African key populations still largely excluded from decision-making, despite NFM promises
According to a new report, cornerstone principals of the new funding model, such as inclusive country dialogue and meaningful participation, have not translated in practice for key populations in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Lao civil society sector has been strengthening its engagement with the country coordinating mechanism. A Forum of Civil Society Organizations, Key Affected Populations, and People Living with the Diseases was initiated in early 2015 under the leadership of Dr Soulany Chansy, who is from the Lao Red Cross and is vice-chair of the CCM. The CCM secretariat provided support.
The Global Fund needs to accord a much higher priority to data collection and use, according to Cathryn Streifel and Todd Summers, authors of a paper on “Data for Decisionmaking and the Global Fund.” The paper, published in October by the Center for Strategic International Studies, was based on a discussion organized by CSIS among a small group of data experts.
Country-led and community-owned? How cultural imperatives at the global level translate on the ground
In my seven years as a technical advisor to the National Department of Health in Papua New Guinea, I watched the evolution of the relationship between the country and the Global Fund.
In October 2014, the Kuala Lumpur AIDS Support Services Society (KLASS) was selected as a sub-recipient under the Global Fund’s new funding model (NFM) to help conduct a new pilot HIV program targeting men who have sex with men (MSM).
South Africa on 15 July submitted a joint HIV/TB concept note for some $380.5 million in funding, more than half of which is to support prevention interventions specifically targeting key populations including young women and girls, men who have sex with men and people living in disease hot spots. Of this, $142.2 million constitutes an above-allocation request.