Ambitious national targets for getting people on treatment often not reflected in grant performance frameworks, GAC says
In its report to the Board on the third batch of grants it recommended for approval, the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) said that it was very concerned that national programs have ambitious goals to continue scaling up antiretroviral therapy (ART), with the aim of achieving the 90-90-90 targets or even treating all patients diagnosed with HIV – but that these goals are not necessarily reflected in performance frameworks because of “limitation
On 1 December 2017, the Global Fund Board approved grants worth $2.83 billion from the 2017-2019 allocations. This is the largest amount approved in a single batch since the start of the new funding model.
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.
Bangladesh’s “ambitious, but realistic” TB funding request to the Global Fund receives positive reviews
The TB funding request submitted by the Bangladesh CCM received positive reviews from the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC). The two grants emanating from the request were approved by the Board on 17 October. A total of $110.9 million was approved, reflecting the total TB allocation for Bangladesh of $97.9 million and an additional $13.0 million in catalytic matching funds.
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:
The two TB/HIV grants to Malawi which the Board approved on 17 October do not differ significantly from the funding request, which was submitted on 20 March 2017. GFO detailed the contents of the request in an article in GFO 316 on 19 July.
The Secretariat has reported on developments concerning incentive funding awarded to Nigeria and India as part of the 2014-2016 allocations. The updates were contained in the latest report of the Grant Approvals Committee to the Board.
Zimbabwe’s new Global Fund grants for TB/HIV are clearly aligned to the country’s epi profile and its national strategic plans, TRP says
In their recommendation to the Board on Zimbabwe’s TB/HIV funding request, the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grants Approvals Committee (GAC) commented favorably on Zimbabwe’s inclusion of interventions to address barriers related to human rights and gender, and its focus on key populations for HIV, TB and STI care and treatment.