A follow-up audit of three grants to Tanzania has found that although Tanzania continues to make progress against the three diseases, quality of service issues persist, particularly in the HIV program. The audit also found that men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to face major barriers accessing services.
Mainland Tanzania submitted a funding request for its HIV and TB components that resulted in the Global Fund Board approving three grants, including a TB/HIV grant to a civil society principal recipient (PR) –– AMREF Health Africa. The Ministry of Finance and Planning (MOFP) was awarded an HIV grant and a TB grant.
In Tanzania, 13 people attending a meeting are arrested for allegedly promoting homosexuality; operations of a Global Fund SR are suspended
Editor’s note: This is a “late breaking story,” as they say. There will likely have been more developments by the time you read this.
Tanzania has requested $703.4 million from the Global Fund for its HIV, TB and malaria programs as well as for building resilient and sustainable systems for health (RSSH). The country submitted an integrated TB/HIV funding request as well as a malaria/RSSH request, both on 23 May 2017. The TB/HIV funding request was for $426.3 million, of which $38.4 million was a prioritized above allocation request (PAAR).
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 Tanzanian government’s decision to revise guidelines for HIV services to key and vulnerable populations has forced a Global Fund principal recipient (PR), Save the Children, to suspend two prevention and treatment programs for people from those communities, according to a Fund official.
As reported in GFO #293, the Board has awarded Tanzania’s shortened HIV grant an extension of $109 million to allow it to continue providing essential HIV services through to the end of 2017. The original grant, totaling $277.5 million had an end date of 31 December 2016.
OIG audit of public sector grants to Tanzania uncovers many of the same problems that were identified in a 2009 audit
In an audit of how public sector grants to Tanzania have been managed, the Office of the Inspector General handed out poor grades across the board. The OIG also said that many of the problems it uncovered had already been identified in an earlier audit in 2009.
Innovation for greater impact: exploring domestic resource mobilization efforts in collaboration with the Global Fund
As Aidspan has explored previously, international aid for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is plateauing, and a critical transition is underway to find more sustainable approaches to health financing in implementing countries.
At around 11:30 every morning, Chiku begins her work day. Carefully gathering her syringes and needles, she'll work steadily preparing doses for her clients -- all of whom wait inside her tin-roofed shack in the slum known as Nigeria: one of Nairobi, Kenya's toughest neighborhoods. The money she earns will be enough to pay her rent, and feed her own heroin habit.