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Global Fund Observer


Issue 281: 24 February 2016

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1. ANNOUNCEMENT: Aidspan seeks to recruit an Executive Director

Aidspan is looking to fill the position of Executive Director. The deadline for applications is Friday 26 February. 


2. COMMENTARY: The Global Fund and its stakeholders would be better served if the Fund released more information related to concept notes

In withholding some documents related to concept notes, and in releasing others late, the Global Fund is failing to live up to its commitment to transparency, David Garmaise says. 


3. NEWS: OIG audit of public sector grants to Tanzania uncovers many of the same problems that were identified in a 2009 audit

The Office of the Inspector General has issued a hard-hitting report on how public sector grants to Tanzania have been managed. This article provides a brief summary. 


4. NEWS: Fund addresses shortages of ARVs in Uganda

In response to a shortage of antiretrovirals in Uganda, The Global Fund arranged to procure and ship an immediate supply of the drugs. The Fund is also procuring a full year’s supply to guard against future shortages. 


5. NEWS: Report shows that transgender people are left behind in the fight against HIV

Despite the fact that transgender people are the most affected by HIV, they are largely excluded from policy, program, and funding decisions at national, regional, and global levels, according to a report released in February. Out of more than 130 CCMs, only 17 include transgender representation.


6. NEWS: Transition preparedness assessment framework tool developed

A tool has been developed to assist countries to assess their readiness to fund and implement TB and HIV programs once Global Fund support is withdrawn.


7. NEWS: After months of delay, the framework agreement for grants to Pakistan is set to be signed

Delays in signing the framework agreement forced The Global Fund to extend existing grants to Pakistan to ensure that disbursements and services were not interrupted. Sources at the Fund informed GFO that the agreement would be signed the week of 22 February. 


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