Aidspan Logo

Global Fund Observer

Newsletter

Issue 333: 21 March 2018

To download Word and PDF versions of this issue, click here

GFO is now available in French. Subscribe to it or add it to your existing subscription.

L'OFM est désormais disponible en français. Abonnez-vous ou ajoutez-le à votre abonnement.

If your email program has trouble displaying this email, perhaps because you are reading it on a smart phone, view it as a web page
CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:

1. NEWS: Global Fund chops $170.6 million from Nigeria’s 2014–2016 allocation

By: David Garmaise

Nigeria has failed to meet its counterpart financing requirements for 2014–2016, and so the Global Fund is docking 15% from Nigeria’s $1,137.4 million allocation for 2014–2016, which amounts to $170.61 million. The funds have been deducted from Nigeria’s ten active grants. To put this in perspective, $170.61 million is larger than what most countries have received as their total allocation.

Read more...

2. NEWS: Global Fund terminates its grants to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

By: David Garmaise

The Global Fund is closing its grants to the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea. The current TB and malaria grants will end on 30 June 2018. The DPRK’s new TB and malaria funding requests, which had made it into grant-making, will not proceed any further. The Secretariat said that it was not able to provide the Board with assurances concerning how its resources in the DPRK were being deployed and how effective the grants have been. There has been some negative reaction to the decision.

Read more...

3. NEWS: A success story: Global Fund grants in Burkina Faso show significantly increased absorption rates

By: David Garmaise

Burkina Faso has improved the absorption rate for its Global Fund grants from 67% a few years ago to 94% as of the end of 2017. Poor absorption has been an enduring problem for many grants in West and Central Africa. A large workshop in November 2015 led to the implementation of detailed action plans to address obstacles to full absorption.

Read more...

4. NEWS: Global Fund releases new eligibility list and updated list of projected transitions

By: David Garmaise

The Global Fund has published its Eligibility List 2018; changes from the 2017 list are not extensive. The Fund also published an updated list of transitions projected by 2025.

Read more...

5. NEWS: Partnership between the Global Fund and Heineken still making the news

By: David Garmaise

The Global Fund’s partnership with Heineken remains a hot topic and Peter Sands, the Fund’s executive director has been on the frontlines of the debate. We provide a round-up of the latest comments.

Read more...

6. NEWS: Cameroon’s TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund focuses on communities and key populations

By: David Garmaise

There was a strong focus on communities and key populations in Cameroon’s TB/HIV funding request. The Board approved two HIV grants and one TB grant in January 2018. Cameroon also submitted a malaria funding request, which led to approval of a malaria grant in December 2017. Some key initiatives were relegated to the prioritized above-allocation requests due to a lack of available funding.

Read more...

7. NEWS: Despite challenges, the Global Fund’s HIV grant to Paraguay is making progress, TRP says

By: Kataisee Richardson

The Technical Review Panel recently reviewed Paraguay’s HIV funding request, which is focused on transgender people, men who have sex with men, and female sex workers whose HIV prevalence rates are estimated at 26%, 13% and 1.27%, respectively. Despite facing persistent challenges, the panel said, Paraguay’s HIV program had made progress, particularly regarding legislation, the provision of legal advice, sensitization training, the provision of antiretroviral therapy and health management information systems.

Read more...

8. NEWS: Global Fund grants already recommended by the TRP represent 88% of the $10.3 billion available for countries for 2017–2019

By: David Garmaise

Two-thirds of the expected funding requests for 2017–2019 have already been received, but almost 90% of the funding available to countries has been recommended by the Technical Review Panel. This article provides an update on the funding requests.

Read more...

9. OF INTEREST: Gender strategy and equality; ending TB; and measuring homophobia

By: Aidspan staff

In this “OF INTEREST” roundup, we highlight a news article on a gender strategy developed by the Gates Foundation; a commentary on gender in The Lancet; a commentary on ending TB; and a new index to measure homophobia.

Read more...

10. ANNOUNCEMENT: Global Fund is seeking organizations to serve as LFAs

By: Aidspan staff

Organizations interested in serving as local fund agents have until 6 April 2018 to respond to a request for expression of interest from the Global Fund.

Read more...

This is issue 333 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.

GFO Newsletter is a free and independent source of news, analysis and commentary about the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (www.theglobalfund.org).

Aidspan (www.aidspan.org) is a Kenya-based international NGO that serves as an independent watchdog of the Global Fund, aiming to benefit all countries wishing to obtain and make effective use of Global Fund resources. Aidspan finances its work through grants from foundations and bilateral donors. Aidspan does not accept Global Fund money, perform paid consulting work, or charge for any of its products.

GFO Newsletter is now available in English and French.

Reproduction of articles in the newsletter is permitted if the following is stated: "Reproduced from the Global Fund Observer Newsletter, a service of Aidspan."

Click here to unsubscribe.

GFO archives are available here.

Aidspan Executive Director: Ida Hakizinka (ida.hakizinka@aidspan.org)

Copyright (c) 2018 Aidspan. All rights reserved.