Capacity issues and delays in implementation plague otherwise successful Global Fund grants to Zambia, OIG says
Until the Global Fund defines its risk appetite, it can’t know what level of assurance is required: OIG audit
“The work on defining risk appetite is in its early stage and until [it is] sufficiently advanced, there is limited guidance on the required level of assurance.” This is one of main conclusions of an audit by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of in-country assurance.
Extensions to the Global Fund’s existing HIV and TB grants to Nigeria will be funded from the 2017–2019 allocations
As mentioned elsewhere in this issue, the Board has approved 18-month costed extensions for two HIV and two TB grants to Nigeria.
Philippines’ HIV funding request to the Global Fund contains a good mix of prevention and treatment: TRP
The Philippines’ HIV funding request was strategically focused with appropriately targeted investments towards HIV prevention programs for key populations, and access to testing and treatment services. This was the conclusion of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) when they reviewed the request.
Global Fund expresses concern over Benin’s plan to shift funds away from HIV and malaria towards an RSSH funding request
When it reviewed the funding requests from Benin, the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) and the Technical Review Panel (TRP) expressed serious concerns about what they perceived as gaps in Benin’s HIV and malaria programs – which, they said, were partly due to the decision of the country coordinating mechanism (CCM) to shift some of its allocation towards an RSSH funding request.
The original allocation for Benin was as follows:
“It is unlikely that Panama’s HIV-related civil society can effectively survive the exit of the Global Fund or gain a greater foothold as a full partner in [the] planning, implementation and monitoring of the national HIV response.” This is a key finding of the transition readiness assessment (TRA) report commissioned by the Panama country coordinating mechanism (CCM).
The Global Fund has embarked on a process that could see major changes made to the role and structure of country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs). A key part of the process is a series of regional consultations which the Global Fund’s CCM Hub is organizing together with several of the Fund’s partners, including GIZ BACKUP Health, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Initiative 5%.
Six representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) on Moldova’s National Coordination Council for National HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Programs – the body that fulfils the functions of a country coordinating mechanism in Moldova (hereinafter “CCM”) – have appealed to the Global Fund Secretariat to intervene with respect to how the voting was conducted for a decision made on budget allocations and implementation arrangements for an H