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Tuberculosis advocates are calling on the expertise of the Global Fund Advocates Network to help them take advantage of several upcoming high-profile meetings to strategically advance efforts to combat the disease.


The Office of the Inspector General says that in-country supply chain mechanisms are neither adequate nor effective in ensuring that the right products are delivered in the correct quantities and condition, at the right place and time, and for the best value cost. This is the central conclusion of an audit of the Global Fund’s in-country supply chain processes.


When the Office of the Inspector General published a report on its audit of grant management in high-risk environments in January of this year, we reported on the audit findings and we undertook to provide information in a separate article on five agreed management actions that the Secretariat committed to implement to address the findings. This article contains details on the AMAs.


A regional platform supported by the Global Fund has developed an innovative, educational, e-learning portal to educate Russian-speaking stakeholders. The portal has just completed beta-testing of the first course on the role of CSOs and communities in responding to HIV and TB epidemics.


The annual meeting of the Civil Society Principal Recipients Network was the forum for a dialogue between civil society principal recipients and Global Fund officials on ways to strengthen dual-track financing and the role of the PRs in grant management.


In the second of three articles based on the review of Window 1 funding requests by the Technical Review Panel, we provide information on the technical lessons learned for the three diseases. One such lesson was that TB funding requests did not convey a sense of boldness, innovation or ambition. 


In the last of three articles based on the review of Window 1 funding requests by the Technical Review Panel, we provide information on lessons learned in two priority areas: human rights and gender, and resilient and sustainable systems for health. One such lesson learned was that non-traditional vulnerable populations were overlooked in the requests or, if they were mentioned at all, there was a limited understanding of their needs.


The Global Fund has announced that it has signed an agreement with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon to collaborate on programming to prevent cervical cancer. HIV-positive women are up to five times more likely than other women to develop cervical cancer.


We correct an error in an article in GFO #311 on the main decisions made at the Board meeting held on 3-4 May 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda.


We correct an error concerning Matching Funds in an article on catalytic investments in GFO 309.