TRP review of Global Fund Window 1 funding requests: Technical lessons learned for malaria, TB and HIV
TB funding requests did not convey a sense of boldness, innovation or ambition in the setting of targets or in the design of interventions, to quickly “move the needle.” This was one of many technical lessons learned identified by the Technical Review Panel (TRP) in a debriefing document which describes the outcomes of its review of funding requests from Window 1 of the current funding cycle.
On 20 March 2017, Zimbabwe submitted a TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund for $628.9 million. This includes an allocation request for $431.9 million and a prioritized above allocation request (PAAR) of $197 million. A separate funding request for malaria was submitted on the same day for $51.7 million.
In December 2016, the Global Fund published a new Modular Framework Handbook. The modular approach is the Global Fund’s way of organizing programmatic and financial information for each grant, sorting budget lines and performance targets according to set categories.
Board approves $15 million for continuation of strategic investments in community, rights and gender over 2017-2019
The Global Fund will invest $15 million over the next three years (2017-2019) to bolster community responses, human rights and gender equality in its grants.
In October 2015, the World Health Organization reported that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halt and reverse TB incidence (MDG 6c) was achieved on a worldwide basis, in each of WHO’s six regions and in 16 of the WHO’s 22 high-burden countries. While this progress is commendable, recent evidence suggests the trend may be reversing.
Advocacy for increased domestic funding led by CSOs and PRs, and strongly underpinned by the Global Fund’s conditions put to the government of Ukraine, has achieved outstanding results. Communities, empowered by the Global Fund, have been able to partner with the Ministry of Health.
As part of its new strategy for 2017-2022, the Global Fund has placed increased emphasis on rights and gender. One of the four strategic objectives focuses directly on promoting and protecting human rights and gender equality, aiming to scale up programs to support women and girls (including programs to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights) and invest to reduce health inequities (including gender and age-related disparities).
Additional information on the decision not to approve extensions for HIV and TB grants to Bosnia and Hercegovina
In GFO #293, we reported that the Global Fund Board turned down a recommendation to provide additional funding for a TB grant and an HIV grant in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Although to still do now know why the Board decided not to grant the additional funding, we now have additional information on what was being requested and why. As well, we are able to report on the reaction of the principal recipient (PR), UNDP.
Despite the distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated bednets (LLINs) throughout Cameroon in May 2016, 32% of pregnant women do not sleep under LLINs. In the Far North region of the country, epicenter of the disease, 77% of pregnant women do not use LLINs.
“End It for Good,” is the rallying call for the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment conference, to be held in Montreal, Canada on 16-17 September 2016. Millions of lives have been saved and infections averted, and tremendous progress has been made in the fight against AIDS, TB, and malaria. Yet, there is still no greater global health challenge for humanity.