1. ANALYSIS: Sustainability lessons from transitions in Costa Rica, Fiji, Romania, and Bulgaria
This article briefly describes how four countries are preparing to transition away from Global Fund financing for TB or HIV grants they are currently implementing under the new funding model.
2. NEWS: Aidspan releases report on willingness-to-pay commitments in 13 countries
Aidspan has published a report on how The Global Fund’s willingness-to-pay policy was operationalized in 13 countries. The aim of the study was to increase transparency around the application of The Global Fund’s WTP policy, since very little is known about this.
3. NEWS: Reaction to The Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment target somewhat muted
Reaction to the The Global Fund’s $13 billion target has been sparse, even though it is $2 billion lower than the target for the last replenishment. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has been the loudest voice.
4. NEWS: Special efforts made to maintain HIV Services in Crimea
The annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation has significantly altered how HIV services are provided. The Global Fund worked closely with the Ukraine PRs and with local NGOs in Crimea to maintain services. Even so, the opioid substitution program had to be halted.
5. NEWS: New tender for bednets produces projected savings of $93 million over two years
Following a new tender for insecticide-treated mosquito nets, The Global Fund has signed an agreement with 10 suppliers that will result is projected savings of $93 million over two years. About one-fifth of the nets will be manufactured in Africa.
6. NEWS: The OIG has created an e-learning platform to help identify fraud and corruption
The Office of the Inspector has created an e-learning platform as part of its “I Speak Out Now!” campaign, which aims to encourage people to speak out against fraud and abuses committed in the context of Global Fund–supported programs.
7. NEWS: Fund explores next generation financing models
Under next generation financing models, payments to implementers is based on outputs, outcomes, or impact. The Global Fund is co-chairing a working group that is exploring the idea of introducing such models. However, the Fund has not made any commitments yet.
8. NEWS: Report shows that among development partners, The Global Fund is rated highly by recipient countries
The Global Fund rates highly among development agencies in terms of influence, frequency of communication and usefulness of advice in recipient countries, according to a study conducted by AidData.
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