The Global Fund on 12 March announced the allocation of $14.82 billion dollars across the 123 countries eligible for financial support of activities in at least one disease component, timing the release of a comprehensive list of the amounts available to each country with personalized letters sent directly to country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs).
The Strategy, Investment and Impact Committee (SIIC) has determined the parameters to be used for the allocations formula for 2014–2016. The SIIC approved indicators for disease burden and ability to pay; the methodology for determining Band 4 allocations; and maximum and minimum shares for apportioning indicative funding. This article provides details.
The people involved in the Global Fund, and in global health generally, “are at an historic moment when the confluence of scientific advancement, epidemiological intelligence and experience from more than a decade of implementation come together to offer the opportunity to end three plagues as public health threats.”
The Grants Renewal Panel says that overall performance of a single-stream-of-funding TB grant in Nepal has been high and that there is an opportunity for scale-up in the next implementation period.
The Global Fund Board has approved a design for the new funding model, though some elements of the design will require further work. The Board has also approved a transition phase for 2013 as a way of testing various elements of the new model. The full model will not likely be rolled out until 2014.
Aidspan has published a paper critiquing the way in which the Global Fund quantifies lives saved through programmes that it supports. The paper was prepared by Dr David McCoy, a public health physician and senior clinical lecturer at Queen Mary University London, and Nele Jensen, a physician.
by Javier Houcade Bellocq
The government of Peru has taken up funding for many activities that were initiated with Global Fund support over the past eight years and has achieved considerable success in the fight against the three diseases. This was one of the conclusions of a diagnostic review of Global Fund grants to Peru conducted by the Office of Inspector General.
A new publication from Aidspan, by Dr David McCoy, reviews a published academic study on the impact of Global Fund grants for malaria prevention.