LAC region remains overly dependent on funding from the Global Fund and other external donors, says new report
Tool developed by Global Fund and APMG Health used in transitioning countries to assess sustainability of services for key populations
As more and more countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) become ineligible for funding from the Global Fund, there have been legitimate concerns about the sustainability of the response to the diseases in these countries – in particular, whether civil society organizations (CSOs) will be able to continue to play the vital role of providing prevention, treatment and care services for key and vulnerable populations.
Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) activists have been sounding the alarm for several years about what they perceive as systematic neglect of the region by the Global Fund. “We are the victims of our successes,” they say to highlight the fact that the Global Fund’s de-prioritization of the region is not a by-product of poor performance but rather a consequence of the current political climate.
Catastrophe in Venezuela imperils the achievement of the Global Fund Strategy (2017-2022), says new report
Venezuela is in the middle of an unprecedented, state-made, complex humanitarian emergency. The public health crisis, which is just a symptom of the larger unraveling that is unfolding, has reached extreme levels. Essentials like soap and gloves have vanished from hospital floors. Life-saving medications are sometimes only available on the black market and cost half a month’s wages.
The Global Fund defines absorptive capacity as the percentage of actual expenditure compared to the total grant budget. Countries have long reported various policy and operational barriers that hinder their ability to fully absorb donor funds.
Reaction to the size of The Global Fund’s 5th Replenishment target has been somewhat muted so far, despite the fact that at $13 billion, it is $2 billion lower than the target for the last replenishment, and despite the global push to ending the epidemics by 2030 as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals.