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The Global Fund has made considerable progress in many areas, the Office of the Inspector General says in its 2017 annual report, and has reached a point where many of the remaining challenges are beyond the ability of the Fund, acting alone, to resolve. Supply chain issues and quality of services top the list of challenges.
Now that the respective headquarters of Gavi and the Global Fund will be located together in the Global Health Campus in Geneva, cooperation between the two organizations will intensify. There has already been considerable collaboration between the two organizations. Donors are supportive of joint activities among global health funds.
A report presented at the 39th Board meeting on 9-10 May 2018, in Skopje, Macedonia, provided an update on the implementation of activities under the objectives and sub-objectives of the Global Fund’s 2017-2022 Strategy. In this article, we provide a general overview of progress to date and specific examples related to Strategic Objective 3: “Promote and Protect Human Rights and Gender Equality”.
Currency fluctuations are a major concern for Global Fund stakeholders, particularly recipient countries whose domestic currency can experience significant shifts over relatively short periods of time. The strength of both the US dollar and the Euro in recent years has further exacerbated this issue for many countries. However, a significant portion of Global Fund grant monies are managed in ways that limit their vulnerability to such local shifts, thereby protecting grants from major losses due to unfavorable foreign exchange rates.
A two-day meeting attended by civil society and community advocates, the Global Fund, technical partners and state representatives has equipped participants to more meaningfully engage in the implementation of Global Fund grants in the African region.
Adèle Sulcas joined Aidspan as Acting Editor on 7 June 2018. She will be responsible for editing the Global Fund Observer.