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Global Fund Observer


Issue 354: 17 April 2019

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1. NEWS: Global Fund Board and Secretariat use of KPI data is ‘partially effective’, OIG says

By: Samuel Muniu

In a follow-up audit of the Global Fund’s Key Performance Indicators, the Office of the Inspector General found KPI Framework reporting, governance and oversight arrangements to be ‘generally effective’. However, on KPI data utilization, the OIG said, the Global Fund Board and the Secretariat have room for improvement. 


2. CCM EVOLUTION: Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism evolution initiative: mid-term lessons from Tanzania, Niger, Uganda and Burundi

By: Djesika Amendah

The Country Coordinating Mechanism evolution initiative project is at mid-point. Information from four African countries suggests mixed results: two countries with early signs of success and two where it is too early to measure success, country representatives say. Aidspan’s policy team highlights the challenges and keys to success discussed with representatives from each of the four countries featured in this article.


3. FEATURE: Greater Mekong Subregion multicountry grant to eliminate malaria focuses on artemisinin resistance

By: Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant

In the lead-up to World Malaria Day 2019, and with Thailand as Chair of ASEAN gearing up to observe Malaria Week from 22 to 25 April, we examine the Global Fund’s largest multicountry grant to accelerate malaria elimination. Thailand’s borders (and the Greater Mekong Subregion) have a history of antimalarial drug resistance, and a surge in artemisinin resistance threatens the gains made in the fight against malaria; we take a closer look at this grant from Thailand’s perspective.


4. REPORT: Case study examines how Community, Rights and Gender Strategic Initiative has advanced Global Fund objectives

By: Andrew Green

A joint case study from the six Regional Platforms examines four key questions emerging out of the Global Fund's $15-million, three-year catalytic investment in the Community, Rights and Gender Strategic Initiative (CRG SI). The CRG SI was designed to ensure that all people affected by the three diseases that are the focus of the Global Fund's investments are able to play a meaningful role in the Fund's process. The case study asks how forums supported by the CRG SI have facilitated meaningful connections, how they have contributed to the Global Fund's strategic objectives, how they have added value, and how they might evolve in the future.


5. ANNOUNCEMENT: ICASO and APCASO team up to provide human rights technical assistance

By: Aidspan Staff

The International Council of AIDS Service Organizations and the Asia Pacific Council of AIDS Service Organizations have created a partnership, funded through the Global Fund’s Human Rights Strategic Initiative, to provide technical assistance to implementers of Global Fund grants in 20 countries, to reduce barriers to accessing services.


6. OF INTEREST: Other news of interest to the Global Fund partnership

By: Aidspan Staff

Introductions and links to items of possible interest to those connected to the Global Fund, its partners and communities. In this edition: new WHO guidelines for policy on Community Health Workers, the Global Fund publishes a code of ethical conduct for CCM members, and how the Global Fund is starting to reap the benefits of reducing packaging for health commodities.


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