The ‘Risky Middle’: HIV spending, economics and perceptions

31 Jul 2018
Middle-income countries with high HIV burdens face transitional financing challenges

AIDS was first recognized in 1981. In 1983 the causal virus was identified. Initially the main concern of the health sector was with ‘high risk’ groups in the west: hemophiliacs, drug users and gay men. It soon became apparent that the disease had the potential to spread further, but by 2000 it was recognized it was not going to be a threat to the majority of people in these areas, and indeed transmission could be prevented.


Too soon to tell exactly what the implications are for the Global Fund of the new TB guidelines

2 Apr 2018
New guidelines will expand access to testing and care for people with latent TB infection

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended scaling up access to testing and treatment for TB infection, especially among groups who are particularly at risk, such as small children and people living with HIV. The move will expand testing and care for people with latent TB infection. Precisely what the implications of the new guidelines are for the Global Fund is not yet known.


The Global Fund's strategic initiatives focus on deliverables and outcomes

6 Feb 2018
All but one of the 14 initiatives are in the implementation phase

In operationalizing its strategic initiatives, the Secretariat has ensured that each initiative has a “sharp focus” on deliverables and outcomes, with strong accountability for delivery, a spokesperson for the Secretariat says.


The Global Fund forms partnership to find missing cases of TB

17 Oct 2017
The countries involved account for 55% of all missed cases of TB and multidrug-resistant TB

The Global Fund, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Stop TB Partnership and 13 countries with a high burden of TB have launched a program to find and treat an additional 1.5 million missing cases of TB by the end of 2019.


New ARV database being piloted in the EECA region

18 Apr 2017
Provides information on drug prices and purchases

A new database is being developed in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) containing information on antiretrovirals (ARVs) in use in 15 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.


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.


Partners launch framework for action on UHC in Africa

5 Sep 2016
World Bank and Global Fund commit funding

According to news releases from the World Bank and the Global Fund (here and


Global Fund has no immediate plans to promote the inclusion of the new malaria vaccine in the programs it supports

3 Nov 2015
There are concerns about whether the vaccine can be effectively implemented

For now, the Global Fund has no plans to promote the inclusion of the new malaria vaccine, “RTS,S”, into the malaria programming it supports. Although the vaccine shows promise, there are concerns about how it can be effectively administered.


WHO calls for treatment for all people living with HIV

1 Oct 2015
Implementing the recommendation will require dramatically increased financial support from donors and governments

The World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus should be treated immediately.


At Financing for Development conference, the outlines of a plan to fund the post-2015 development agenda

17 Jul 2015
Outcomes of meeting should offer insight into donor postures ahead of Global Fund’s own replenishment campaign in mid-2016

A high-level meeting of global stakeholders took place 13-16 July in Addis Ababa to develop a strategy to finance the post-2015 sustainable development goals, against a backdrop of donor fatigue, the enduring global financial crisis and a growing insistence on improved domestic financing for development issues.


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