On 14 April, the Global Fund signed its final Round 1 grant agreement. The $10 million HIV grant to Zimbabwe was originally approved three years ago.
Two Round 2 grant agreements have not yet been signed, two and a quarter years after approval. These are with Malawi, for malaria, and with South Africa, for HIV/TB.
India has the world's largest number of HIV-infected people, Global Fund Executive Director Richard Feachem said during a visit to India last month.
According to UN data, the number of people with HIV in India is 5.1 million, behind South Africa with 5.6 million. But, "I don't believe in the official statistics. India is already in first place," Feachem said.
Over the past two weeks, the Global Fund was involved in a public argument with the government of South Africa over whether Global Fund grants to South Africa are being disbursed quickly enough.
After several false starts, the Global Fund and South Africa signed agreements on August 7 regarding three Round 1 grants that were originally approved over eighteen months ago:
Following are brief excerpts from contributions to Postings Four to Six of the GFO Discussion Forum. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of GFO or Aidspan.
No resolution has yet been reached regarding the Global Fund's disputed grant to KwaZulu Natal (KZN), one of South Africa's nine provinces. The grant, for $72 million over 5 years, was approved in Round One, eight months ago.