The Global Fund is more transparent that probably any other major funder, but there are nevertheless gaps in transparency that the Fund needs to address. This is the first in a series of commentaries on this topic.
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The Global Fund and its stakeholders would be better served if the Fund released more information related to concept notes
The Global Fund is now publishing on its website three attachments to concept notes – the modular template attachment; the financial gap analysis and counterpart financing attachment; and the programmatic gap attachment.
The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) has been invited to submit a concept note for a program on “Community Actions to Increase Access of MSM and Transgender People to HIV Services in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.”
South Africa on 15 July submitted a joint HIV/TB concept note for some $380.5 million in funding, more than half of which is to support prevention interventions specifically targeting key populations including young women and girls, men who have sex with men and people living in disease hot spots. Of this, $142.2 million constitutes an above-allocation request.
New funding model early applicant Zimbabwe submitted a $40.2 million request for incentive funding on 18 May, seeking additional financial support for interventions that specifically target people under age 24: the fastest growing demographic group in sub-Saharan Africa for new HIV infections.
Swaziland could become the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve elimination of malaria should it fully and effectively implement its national strategic plan, Aidspan understands from the head of the National Malaria Control Program, Simon Kunene.
In an interview in March, Kunene declared that the country has developed the "most advanced malaria elimination strategy in all of sub-Saharan Africa".
Cambodia's country coordinating mechanism is looking to the expected 1 July signing date for grant disbursements for malaria, HIV and health system strengthening with anticipation, eager to turn the page on a financial scandal involving two of the Global Fund's biggest suppliers of bednets and ranking officials in two government institutions serving as Principal Recipients.
While turning the page on a financial scandal, Malawi still confronting challenges in prioritizing HIV interventions
Seeking to turn the page on a financial scandal involving the National AIDS Commission, Malawi has appointed new principal recipients to administer the $574 million it was allocated to fight HIV.
Eleven Pacific Island countries have endorsed a multi-country concept note to respond to the varying HIV epidemics among their respective populations, ahead of submission expected on 30 January. The concept note -- among the only multi-country notes to be developed under the new funding model -- was drawn from extensive consultations to set priorities and identify areas of commonality.
The first two grants under the full rollout of the new funding model (NFM) should soon be approved for signing by the Global Fund Board. Both grants emanate from an HIV concept note submitted by Moldova during the first window on 15 May 2014.