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Hard choices in Russia as the final HIV grant proposal is submitted

18 Sep 2014
Stakeholders grappling with priorities: services or advocacy?

The concept note delivered on 8 September for Russia's last HIV grant from the Global Fund was a perfect illustration of the conundrum facing a growing number of Eastern European/Central Asian countries: how to do more with less to fight a widening HIV epidemic.

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Georgia's new PR in HIV formally takes over

6 May 2014
The National Center for Disease Control and Public Health hopes that new leadership will shift Georgia towards more successful implementation of Fund-supported programs

Georgia's National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) has officially assumed responsibility as principal recipient of Global Fund resources, signing an agreement with the Fund in early May to extend grant GEO-H-GPIC.

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Gender advocates push women and girls to center of NFM concept notes

2 Apr 2014

Advocates at the national and community level across Global Fund-eligible implementing countries are working closely with gender experts within the Secretariat to ensure that women and girls are at the center of countries' planning and concept note development under the new funding model (NFM). This is in line with a new Gender Equality Strategy implementation plan being promoted with increased vigor by the Secretariat.

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Malawi’s CCM adds new TB voices ahead of integrated concept note development

18 Feb 2014
Co-infection is responsible for more than two-thirds of AIDS-related deaths in Malawi

Malawi’s preparations to develop an integrated HIV/TB concept note required under the new funding model have included the election on 12 February of two new members to its country coordination mechanism (CCM) with roots in the TB community.

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Civil society, government and affected populations join HIV country dialogue in DRC

5 Feb 2014
The meeting was an opportunity to plot priorities for DRC’s HIV concept note

Stakeholders representing civil society, government, key affected populations and technical partners met on 14-15 January in Kinshasa for the final country dialogue meeting for Democratic Republic of Congo to validate the content and priorities of an HIV concept note under the Global Fund’s new funding model (NFM).

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Civil Society Was Significantly Involved in Concept Note Development in El Salvador

16 Jul 2013
Large inter-sectoral meetings held to obtain input
Concept note was completely prepared by Salvadorians

Civil society was involved extensively in the development of the concept note that El Salvador submitted to the Global Fund. This is one of the findings from interviews that GFO conducted with five people involved in the process, and from a review of related documents.

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EECA Initiative on Harm Reduction Moves a Few Steps Closer to Submitting a Concept Note

4 Jul 2013

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) has submitted a draft project concept to the Global Fund for review by the Secretariat and the Technical Review Panel (TRP) prior to submitting a full concept note. EHRN is the applicant for a regional initiative in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) on HIV and harm reduction. This is part of the transition phase of the new funding model (NFM).

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New Report Provides More Details on the Country Dialogue Processes in Myanmar and Zimbabwe

3 Jul 2013
OSF says that civil society participation was extensive
New iterative process praised

The initial draft of the concept note that Zimbabwe was planning to submit to the Global Fund included funding for studies on the population sizes of sex workers and men who have sex with men (MSM), but did not include specific interventions that could address the needs of these groups while the data were being collected.

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First Concept Notes Are Approved

15 Jun 2013
Board awards funding to Myanmar, El Salvador and Zimbabwe

The Global Fund Board has approved funding for five concept notes submitted by three early applicants in the transition phase of the new funding model (NFM). The three countries involved are Myanmar, El Salvador and Zimbabwe. Total approved funding was up to $449.8 million. The Board approved the funding by electronic vote. The decision was made public on 15 June. These constitute the first funding approvals for early applicants.

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TRP Observations and Lessons Learned on First Wave of Concept Notes

14 Jun 2013
“The notes were technically sound and strategically focused”
Problems encountered with how indicative and above indicative amounts were presented

The Technical Review Panel (TRP) has provided feedback on its review of the first wave of concept notes. This article provides a summary of what the TRP said.

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