The Global Fund will donate 5.0 million U.S. dollars to finance the procurement of critical health products for Venezuela, which is in the midst of a severe economic and health crisis.
Under the revised Eligibility Policy adopted by the Board, the core provisions remain largely intact. Most of the changes are on the periphery. The revised policy was adopted by the Board at its recent meeting in Skopje, Macedonia. The Board was acting on the recommendations of its Strategy Committee.
The Board is not expected to deal with a large number of topics requiring decisions at its upcoming meeting on 9-10 May 2018 in Skopje, Macedonia, but some of the decision items it will tackle can be expected to generate a lot of discussion.
The Global Fund’s approach to supporting sustainability and transition is based on the central premise that planning for sustainability is something that should be taken into account by all countries regardless of where they sit on the development continuum.
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.
After initially rejecting a plea for assistance from Venezuelan NGOs out of hand, the Global Fund now says it may be able to help
In an exchange of letters that spanned more than seven months, the Global Fund at first rejected a plea for help from the Venezuelan Network of Positive People (RVG+), but then may have left the door open to providing some assistance via other agencies. This is a story that is still unfolding.
According to the Global Fund, Venezuela is currently not eligible for funding under the Fund’s Eligibility Policy.
Applicants for at least 17 components from 13 countries will be using an application form tailored to transition (in short, a transition application) when they apply for funding from their 2017-2019 allocations.