OIG advisory review on Western and Central Africa questions ‘challenging operating environment’ policy
OIG audit in Guinea-Bissau questions whether PBF is possible where performance data are not reliable
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) says that its recent audit of grants to Guinea-Bissau raises questions about the suitability of performance-based funding in countries where performance data are not reliable.
“The expectations for reporting, management and oversight placed on fragile states by the Global Fund have not been realistic,” the OIG said.
Global Fund pledges swift response to any Ebola-related requests from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea
The Global Fund has committed to a swift response to any requests from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea for flexibility in reprogramming grants in order to assist in the management of the Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 2,900 people and risks infecting up to 1.4 million more by early 2015.
An expression of interest for a $10.18 million regional initiative to develop a harmonized response to a TB crisis among Syrian refugees scattered across neighboring countries was rejected by the Global Fund.
Ten years of armed conflict and perpetual insecurity have driven HIV prevalence in Côte d'Ivoire higher -- especially among women in the western zone on the Liberian border. Many of these women were infected as a result of sexual violence perpetuated by one or another of the marauding armed groups that terrorized the region for over a decade; others were infected after turning to prostitution to escape extreme poverty.
A motorcycle bouncing along a rutted red dirt road carries a nurse from a public health center near the village of Tai. Clutched in his arms is a box packed with vaccines: a month's supply for his village that sits close to the Liberian border, in Côte d'Ivoire's restive and fractious west.
by Karen Madoyan
More than 700,000 people have fled their homes since conflict erupted in mid-December in South Sudan, which has compromised their safety and security and made them more exposed to the risk of illness and other public health challenges. But for the estimated 6,617 people living with HIV who are taking anti-retroviral treatment supported by the Global Fund, being far away from their home clinic has become a matter of life or death.
The introduction of the new funding model (NFM) has raised some concerns in the Middle East that it fails to consider the sweeping population movements and refugee crisis around the region and their impact on public health, particularly with respect to higher incidence of TB.