1. NEWS: Global Fund chops $170.6 million from Nigeria’s 2014–2016 allocation
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.
2. NEWS: Global Fund terminates its grants to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
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.
3. NEWS: A success story: Global Fund grants in Burkina Faso show significantly increased absorption rates
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.
4. NEWS: Global Fund releases new eligibility list and updated list of projected transitions
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.
5. NEWS: Partnership between the Global Fund and Heineken still making the news
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.
6. NEWS: Cameroon’s TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund focuses on communities and key populations
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.
7. NEWS: Despite challenges, the Global Fund’s HIV grant to Paraguay is making progress, TRP says
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.
8. NEWS: Global Fund grants already recommended by the TRP represent 88% of the $10.3 billion available for countries for 2017–2019
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.
9. OF INTEREST: Gender strategy and equality; ending TB; and measuring homophobia
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.
10. ANNOUNCEMENT: Global Fund is seeking organizations to serve as LFAs
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.
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