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Global Fund and other donors commit money and focus to COVID-19 pandemic

1 Apr 2020
Global Fund sees “a potentially catastrophic scope” for COVID-19

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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Global Fund reacted quickly to provide support and flexibilities to countries affected by COVID-19

1 Apr 2020
New funding request dates include 3 additional application windows

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No effective response to COVID-19 in Africa without the involvement of civil society organisations

1 Apr 2020
Ebola pandemic has shown that communities must be involved in local solutions to any pandemic

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COVID-19 pandemic makes a case for more effective Global Fund investments in health systems in sub-Saharan Africa

1 Apr 2020
Critical care in the region is in a shambles - can the Global Fund help?

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PEPFAR’s 3.0 HIV testing policy in Côte d'Ivoire reveals fragmentation, acceleration and disconnection

31 Mar 2020
Emergence of a new approach to HIV testing based on targeting and yield is problematic

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As the world shuts down due to Covid-19

22 Mar 2020
Aidspan’s health-economist Board member urges more HIV treatment to help fight the latest coronavirus

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Is it possible to contain and treat widespread COVID-19 infection in Africa?

18 Mar 2020
Can African countries' attempts to “flatten the curve” work, especially in the presence of large numbers of people living with HIV and TB?

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.”

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As COVID-19 takes hold in Africa, will the Global Fund adjust its application windows for 2020-2022 funding requests?

18 Mar 2020
Widespread travel and meeting restrictions inhibit adequate consultation in development of 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