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The Office of the Inspector General conducted for the first time an audit of the Geneva Global Health Campus’s management processes. The audit rated the Global Health Campus project’s management of key risks as ‘effective’, while rating the overall management process as ‘partially effective’. The Global Health...

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Fund has modified its calendar for countries’ submission of funding requests for the 2020-2022 allocations, in order to help countries submit their concept notes as soon as they are ready. The Fund has also taken measures to enable countries to reallocate savings from grants or to reprogram small proportions of their grants to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Regular updates and guidance notes are posted on a dedicated COVID-19 page on the Global Fund’s website, as well as resources for countries to keep up the fight against the pandemics of HIV, TB and malaria.

1: NEWS

While developed and developing countries around the world struggle to cope with the shocking rapidity and scale of COVID-19’s spread, the Global Fund and other major global donors are rallying to support countries efforts, both medical and economic, to cope. The Global Fund is enabling up to $500-million within the current portfolio for reprogramming, the World Health Organization is gaining traction with its Solidarity Fund, and the World Bank Group has announced a $12-billion financing package for countries. The G20 has made broad commitments to protect lives and help “all countries in need of assistance” – what this means concretely is not yet clear.

2: NEWS

Conversations happening now to develop mitigation plans for COVID-19 address the most urgent medical and prevention measures to prevent the further spread of the epidemic within countries. Nevertheless, lessons from Ebola show that the fight against COVID-19 will produce many additional economic, cultural and social challenges that need to be addressed by a series of actors, among which civil society organisations play a key role.

3: COMMENTARY

As even well-resourced developed countries struggle to manage their COVID-19 epidemics, Africa’s growing COVID-19 caseload threatens to overwhelm Africa’s already fragile and under-resourced health systems. Critical-care beds are one measure of a country’s preparedness – but many African countries’ number of these beds are in the single digits.

4: ANALYSIS

The Office of the Inspector General’s first country audit of Lesotho found that controls to ensure access to quality services including prevention activities were ‘partially effective’ but that program oversight and governance ‘need significant improvement’. The OIG noted in particular the lack of country ownership of HIV and TB programs, undermining the sustainability of programs, a lack of coordination and linkages from HIV demand-creation prevention activities to essential HIV services, and bottlenecks in TB case finding.

5: NEWS

The Office of the Inspector General conducted for the first time an audit of the Geneva Global Health Campus’s management processes. The audit rated the Global Health Campus project’s management of key risks as ‘effective’, while rating the overall management process as ‘partially effective’. The Global Health Campus has been home to the Global Fund, Unitaid, Stop TB and the RBM Partnership since March 2018. The Global Health Campus ‘project’ was designed to facilitate shared cost savings across the organizations, and to enhance operational collaboration between the global health partners.

6: NEWS

On March 24, World TB Day, the World Health Organization released new consolidated guidelines on preventive treatment for tuberculosis, a day and an event largely eclipsed by COVID-19-related news. The new TB guidelines are designed to help countries accelerate their efforts to provide this treatment, in order to stop people who are carrying the TB bacteria from becoming sick with the disease. Activists note that the COVID-19 battle is – or should be – also a fight against the ongoing pandemics of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria.

7: NEWS

In 2014, PEPFAR adopted its new strategy, titled PEPFAR 3.0 - Controlling the Epidemic: Delivering on the Promise of an AIDS-Free Generation, designed to step up its efforts to optimize its investments. The HIV testing strategies now target geographical areas and populations for a better “yield” and higher positivity rates. This article presents an analysis of how the targeted testing strategy was rolled out in Côte d’Ivoire, between 2014 and 2018, in a context where PEPFAR uses its Country Operational Plans (COPs) to adjust its strategic directions annually.

8: NEWS