Global Fund Board
At its board meeting in Geneva on June 28-30, the Global Fund board approved 69 grants that will cost $968 million over the first two years and $2,912 million over five years. The successful proposals came from 50 countries. (For a complete list of approved and non-approved proposals, see "Analysis: Round Four Decisions," below.)
CCMs have been the topic of an extensive report from GNP+, of a study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and of several case studies commissioned by the Global Fund. They will be a major theme at the Fund's Partnership Forum in Bangkok. And they will be discussed in detail at the upcoming Global Fund board meeting.
Three years ago this week, the world's governments endorsed the UNGASS Declaration. This called for a vastly increased global commitment to the struggle against HIV/AIDS, and endorsed the setting up of the Global Fund as a key financing tool.
The Global Fund will hold one of its three yearly board meetings next week in Geneva from June 28-30.
Some significant items to be discussed include the following:
The Global Fund Secretariat has conducted a study projecting how many grants it will have under management each year, and how much money it will spend, if recent grant-approval patterns continue in effect for years to come. The study, entitled "The Global Fund's Grant Making: Future Projections" was recently sent to members of Global Fund board delegations, with no restrictions as to further dissemination.
[Note: The following report was published today by Aidspan, the NGO that produces GFO. The version as reprinted here does not include the detailed tables of data that are contained in two appendices. Footnotes, in square brackets, have been moved to the end.
At the March board meeting, the Global Fund board elected Hélène Rossert as Vice Chair. She is the first NGO representative, and the first woman, to serve in either of the top two board positions. (For more on the election itself, see GFO Issue 20, available at www.aidspan.org/gfo/archives.)
The Global Fund has received proposals costing significantly more in Round 4 than in any of the previous three rounds. Some 320 proposals were received by the deadline of April 5. In a pattern reflecting previous rounds, nearly half the proposals had to be removed by the Secretariat because they were ineligible - for instance, they were submitted by high-income countries, or they did not relate to the three diseases.
The Secretariat of the Global Fund has undergone a significant reorganization. The main changes have occurred at the level immediately below Executive Director Richard Feachem: some staff have left, some no longer report directly to Dr. Feachem, and some now have increased responsibilities. The number of director-level staff reporting to Dr. Feachem has been reduced from six to four.