The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be uniting the world’s major powers and donors in a spirit of strong solidarity – with the notable exception of the political powers of the United States and China – and major global health entities are beginning to describe their strategies related to this coronavirus.
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COVID-19 pandemic makes a case for more effective Global Fund investments in health systems in sub-Saharan Africa
PEPFAR’s 3.0 HIV testing policy in Côte d'Ivoire reveals fragmentation, acceleration and disconnection
On March 16, at the World Health Organization’s most recent COVID-19 press conference in Geneva, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “As the virus moves to low-income countries, we're deeply concerned about the impact it could have among populations with high HIV prevalence, or among malnourished children.”
As COVID-19 takes hold in Africa, will the Global Fund adjust its application windows for 2020-2022 funding requests?
Countries in the West and Central Africa region face major challenges in developing concept notes for their next Global Fund grant applications, in the context of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Figure 1: Mapping COVID-19 in Africa; image from 17 March 2020
Source: WHO website