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Issue 272: 07 October 2015

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CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:

1. NEWS: Global Fund may reduce funding to Nigeria because some recoverable amounts have not yet been repaid

The Global Fund may reduce funding for Nigeria’s HIV and TB grants by more than $5 million due to problems in recovering amounts that Nigeria owes as a result of an OIG audit and investigation in 2011. The Nigeria country coordinating mechanism is appealing to the government to help pay the amounts owing.

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2. COMMENTARY: What changes are being considered for the allocations methodology for 2017-2019?

The Global Fund should be more open about the changes it is considering making to the allocations methodology for 2017-2019, David Garmaise says. So far, no information has been made public concerning the options that are being reviewed. There is little time left for discussion.

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3. ANALYSIS: Financing the Global Goals: Why the Global Fund replenishment matters for the SDGs

Attaining the new Sustainable Development Goal for health and well-being will be very expensive. For example, the estimated price tag for achieving the target of ending AIDS by 2030 is $36 billion a year, almost twice the current funding level of $19 billion. The upcoming Global Fund replenishment will be critical to meeting the funding gap.

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4. NEWS: WHO calls for treatment for all people living with HIV

The World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus should be treated immediately. Experts welcomed the new guidelines but warned that fulfilling them would require a substantial cash injection and an overhaul of current strategies.

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5. NEWS: OIG investigation uncovers evidence of fraud and other irregularities in an HIV grant to Egypt

The Office of the Inspector General found evidence of fraudulent practices and other procurement irregularities on the part of the principal recipient for an HIV grant to Egypt, which compromised contracts worth $668,877.  

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6. NEWS: OIG audit of grants to Pakistan reveals weaknesses in implementation arrangements, and financial and procurement management

An audit conducted in 2015 by the Office of the Inspector General of grants to Pakistan found that internal controls over programmatic activities were generally effective, but that there are considerable weaknesses in implementation arrangements, financial management, and procurement and supply chain management. 

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7. NEWS: For transitions to be successful, governments have to be ready to take over programs previously supported by the Global Fund, EECA dialogue concludes

Transitioning away from Global Fund support is as much about ensuring that national systems are ready to assume responsibility for the programs the Fund used to support as it is about money. This was one of the conclusions of a dialogue on transitioning in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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8. NEWS: New regional grant has sights set on malaria elimination in Southern Africa

The regional program Elimination 8 is aiming for full malaria elimination in eight Southern African countries, starting with elimination in four “frontline” countries by 2020. 

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9. ANNOUNCEMENT: Nominations sought for Global Fund Board member to represent the Developed Country NGO Delegation

The Developed Country NGO Delegation is seeking nominations for its representative on the Global Fund Board.

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This is issue 272 of the GLOBAL FUND OBSERVER (GFO) Newsletter. Please send all suggestions for news items, commentaries or any other feedback to David Garmaise, GFO Editor (david.garmaise@aidspan.org). To subscribe to GFO, go to www.aidspan.org.

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