Cameroon’s 2017 TB/HIV funding request included a strong focus on communities and key populations. This was a key theme that emerged from the comments from the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) when they reviewed the request.
The Global Fund Board recently approved a grant to civil society principal recipient (PR), Fundacion Centro de Informacion y Recursons para el Desarollo (CIRD), in Paraguay. The planned implementation period for the grant is 1 March 2018 to 28 February 2021.
Global Fund grant will expand HIV prevention, care and treatment services for key populations in Guyana
Among the batch of grants recently approved by the Board was an HIV grant to Guyana. The proposed timeframe for the grant was 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020. The principal recipient (PR) is the Ministry of Health, which also managed Guyana’s previous HIV grant.
Global Fund expresses concern over Benin’s plan to shift funds away from HIV and malaria towards an RSSH funding request
When it reviewed the funding requests from Benin, the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) and the Technical Review Panel (TRP) expressed serious concerns about what they perceived as gaps in Benin’s HIV and malaria programs – which, they said, were partly due to the decision of the country coordinating mechanism (CCM) to shift some of its allocation towards an RSSH funding request.
The original allocation for Benin was as follows:
Kyrgyzstan’s program continuation funding request to the Global Fund provides little information on the proposed program
There is little information in the TB/HIV funding request submitted by the Kyrgyzstan country coordinating mechanism (CCM) on the program that the applicant proposes to implement. And there is almost no information on how Kyrgyzstan plans to cope with an allocation that is significantly lower than what it received for 2014-2016.
In a Window 1 application to the Global Fund, Zanzibar grapples with limited data and tensions affecting key populations
On 20 March 2017, Zanzibar submitted a TB/HIV program continuation request for $6.4 million. Of this amount, just over $0.5 million was a prioritized above allocation request (PAAR), details of which will be presented only during the grant-making stage. The Ministry of Health is the sole principal recipient.
The Secretariat has received 93 requests for funding in the first application window of the 2017-2019 funding cycle, according to the Global Fund’s Funding Request Status Tracker. Under the Global Fund’s differentiated application system, 73 requests used a program continuation application, 13 a full review application, and seven a tailored review application.
The Global Fund has released two resources which will be of interest to persons involved in the applications process – an Applicant Handbook, designed to support applicants in the preparation of funding requests for the 2017-2019 funding cycle; and a Funding Request Status Tracker. This article provides information on both resources.