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Global Fund Observer


Issue 370: 19 December 2019

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1. NEWS: Global Fund announces $12.71 billion for 2020-2022 country allocations

By: Adèle Sulcas

The Global Fund announced its largest-ever funding allocations on 18 December, of $12.71 billion, with an overall increase of 23% over the 2017-2019 total allocations amount. All Global Fund regions are receiving more compared to the previous allocation period, with 84% of all eligible countries receiving an increase, and 32 countries receiving allocations that have increased by 40% or more. Funding requests from countries can now be submitted to the Global Fund before the Window 1 deadline of 23 March 2020. Changes to the application process represent ‘refinements,’ the Fund says, and include the provision to countries of tailored ‘essential data’ sets, to facilitate the development of countries’ requests as well as their consideration by the Technical Review Panel.


2. NEWS: Global Fund informs countries individually of 2020-2022 allocation amounts

By: Adèle Sulcas

In the days between December 12 and 17, the Global Fund informed countries eligible for Global Fund funding in the 2020-2022 allocation period of their overall country allocations for HIV, TB, malaria, and resilient and sustainable systems for health. The Secretariat sent individualized letters to each eligible country before its December 18 publication, on the Global Fund website, of the full list of country allocations. This article describes in general the information and guidance to countries contained in those letters.


3. NEWS: Workshop to prepare consultants and countries in Western and Central Africa to develop new Global Fund funding requests

By: Christelle Boulanger

UNAIDS, in partnership with WHO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and Expertise France, organized a workshop to bring together consultants who will be involved in preparing funding requests for the Global Fund’s next allocation cycle, and representatives from recipient countries. Differentiated approaches were presented, and particular attention was placed on areas of concern: prevention, testing and prevention of mother-to-child transmission.


4. NEWS: OIG audit of Global Fund grants to South Sudan highlights that risk mitigation "needs significant improvement"

By: Ann Ithibu

The Office of the Inspector General, in its second audit of Global Fund grants to South Sudan, found that grant implementation arrangements and financial management and assurance mechanisms were partially effective, while acknowledging the challenges imposed on the country by decades of political instability. The OIG also found that the identification and mitigation of risks related to service delivery, monitoring and evaluation, and procurement and supply chain need significant improvement.


5. NEWS: Global Fund grants to Malawi need improved financial controls and interventions for adolescent girls and young women, OIG says

By: Adèle Sulcas

An audit by the Office of the Inspector General of Global Fund grants in Malawi acknowledges the country’s progress against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in the context of its health system facing multiple challenges. While also noting some improvements in data collection systems and the supply chain, the OIG says major improvements are needed in financial controls within two of the country’s three Principal Recipients, and in Malawi’s program for HIV interventions for adolescent girls and young women.


6. NEWS: Global Fund Executive Director calls for increased domestic investments in health at ICASA meeting in Rwanda

By: Ann Ithibu

Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands called for increased domestic investments to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria during the recently concluded 20th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) held in Kigali, Rwanda. The call comes after a successful replenishment in which the Global Fund raised $14 billion for its 2020-2022 funding cycle, and on the cusp of the Fund’s December announcement of country allocations. Sands urged countries to raise additional domestic resources, and to spend enough of these resources on health, particularly on the right programs and for populations that are most in need.


7. OF INTEREST: News for and about the Global Fund partnership

By: Aidspan Staff

This edition’s ‘Of Interest’ focuses on the 5% Initiative’s call for malaria program proposals for the Sahel and Central Africa regions, the recently published World Malaria Report, and a guide to navigating the Global Fund’s new allocation cycle with gender considerations prioritized, from Women4GlobalFund.


8. MESSAGE TO READERS: Season’s greetings from Aidspan and the Global Fund Observer

By: Isaac Awuondo

Festive season greetings from the Chair of Aidspan’s Board of Directors.


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