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Issue 315: 28 June 2017

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CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:

1. NEWS: Ukraine’s proposal to the Global Fund reflects a country in transition

Ukraine has submitted an HIV/TB funding request worth $119.5 million, along with a $39.2 million prioritized above-allocation request. While the government prepares to assume responsibility for more services, Ukraine still faces challenges due to ongoing conflict in the eastern part of the country.

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2. NEWS: Study finds a major gap between policy and practice in efforts by the Global Fund to address gender inequality

The Global Fund’s gender strategy contains a strong commitment to addressing gender inequalities, but there is a major gap between policy and practice, a new study says. The authors found that too few grant agreements contain gender-sensitive or gender-transformative activities.

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3. NEWS: “A Quarter for Prevention”: Study finds Global Fund investments in HIV prevention in Africa fall short

UNAIDS estimates that ending AIDS by 2030 will cost about $25 billion a year. A quarter (26%) of this amount is required for HIV prevention. A new study from ICASO and EANNASO finds that the Global Fund’s current HIV prevention investments in Africa fall short of this benchmark. Across 15 countries, 15% of HIV and TB/HIV Global Fund grants from the 2014-2016 funding cycle are spent on HIV prevention interventions. 

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4. NEWS: How the Global Fund’s policy on CCM composition helped to boost LGBT participation in decision-making in the EECA

The Global Fund’s policies on the composition of CCMs have had a big impact in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The policies have resulted in increased participation of LGBT organizations on CCMs, and greater participation of LGBT representatives in the decisions of the CCMs and even of the governments in these countries, including decisions concerning prevention services, according to a new publication from the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health. ECOM also credits these policies with improving the quality of national HIV programs and with helping to combat homophobia.

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5. NEWS: The Global Fund’s I Speak Out Now! campaign enters a second phase

The I Speak Out Now! campaign encourages implementers to denounce fraud and other wrongdoing. Phase I focused primarily on three pilot countries. Phase II targets all implementers as well as the Secretariat.

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6. NEWS: Results of studies on Global Fund TA presented at “closing” meeting organized by the host of the LAC Regional Platform

The Regional Center for Technical Assistance, host of the Regional Communication and Coordination Platform in Latin America and the Caribbean, organized a two-day “closing” meeting in Bogota, Colombia. One of the highlights of the meeting was the presentation of the results from three studies on technical assistance provided to CSOs in three countries: Bolivia, Dominican Republic and El Salvador.

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7. ANNOUNCEMENT: Communities delegation on Global Fund Board solicits applications for membership in the delegation

The Communities delegation is recruiting new members for the period August 2017 to August 2019.

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