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Global Fund to benefit from “breakthrough” ARV pricing agreement

3 Oct 2017
State-of-the-art fixed dose combination regimen will cost $75 per patient per year

In what has been hailed as a “breakthrough” and a “game changer,” a pricing agreement between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and two generic drug companies will result in significant savings in the cost of antiretrovirals (ARVs). As a result of the agreement, starting in 2018 a state-of-the-art fixed dose combination ARV regimen will be available in 92 developing nations at a maximum cost of $75 per patient per year.

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Significant improvement needed in Global Fund grants to South Africa, OIG finds

8 Aug 2017
Start-up delays and coordination challenges have hampered implementation

On 19 July 2017, the Global Fund published an audit report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on grants to the Republic of South Africa. The country is part of the Fund’s High Impact Africa 1 portfolio and has $312 million in signed grants for the implementation period April 2016 to March 2019.

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Global Fund pushes back on claims of overdependence on select suppliers of ARVs

17 Apr 2017
Buyers had been warned to diversify the manufacturing base or risk supply interruptions

The Global Fund, one of the main purchasers of generic antiretroviral (ARV) medicines for HIV patients in low- and middle-income countries, has dismissed concerns that the limited number of manufacturers tapped to supply these drugs could result in immediate or future shortages. Fund officials said systems are in place to forecast demand, deal with any supply disruptions and increase production to meet future need.

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Is South Africa transitioning?

3 Oct 2016
Changing Global Fund priorities and a new NSP prompt discussions on sustainability

In a recent ICASO discussion paper called “Handing over Health”, a review of sustainability and transition literature is complemented by country case studies from Serbia, Thailand and South Africa.

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New regional grant has sights set on malaria elimination in Southern Africa

5 Oct 2015

Elimination 8 (E8) has set the formidable target of full malaria elimination in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland by 2020. Termed the “frontline four”, these countries are nearing elimination of the disease after achieving a 75% decline between 2000 and 2012.

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South Africa submits $380-million concept note for HIV/TB

17 Jul 2015
Emphasis on prevention could make Global Fund single largest investor in targeted programming for key populations

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.

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New funding model brings promising change as African countries request millions for key populations

27 Jan 2015

There is mounting evidence that within southern Africa’s generalized HIV epidemic there are under-estimated concentrated epidemics among key affected populations (KAPs) such as sex workers and men who have sex with men (MSM).

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Southern African countries dig in to harmonize approaches to TB among mining communities

2 Apr 2014
Common systems for tracking, tracing and referring top the pile of commitments from nine countries

A ministerial-level meeting took place on 25 March in South Africa, aiming to harmonize tracking, tracing, diagnosis and referrals for people affiliated with southern Africa's lucrative mining sector -- all of whom are at high risk for contracting tuberculosis.

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Global Fund Appoints New Inspector General

19 Jun 2013
Martin O’Malley Will Assume the Post Around September

The Global Fund Board has appointed Martin O’Malley to serve as its next Inspector General, a position that requires him to lead the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The appointment was necessary after the previous Inspector General had his appointment terminated by the Board in November 2012.

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Few Programmes Target Gay Men, Other MSM and Transgendered in Southern Africa, Study Says

4 Jun 2013

Despite the Global Fund’s progressive policies on the inclusion of gay men, other men who have sex with men and transgender individuals (GMT) in programmes supported by the Fund, only a tiny fraction of the money spent by the Fund in six countries in Southern Africa has targeted this population.

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