Board members discuss whether there should be changes to the Global Fund’s current business model in high-risk countries
Should the Global Fund Secretariat have an in-country presence? At its last meeting in Montreux, Switzerland on 16-17 November, Board members discussed ways to strengthen its current business model in high-risk countries as well as possible alternatives to the model. No decisions were taken.
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.
Since entering the New Funding Model (NFM) as an early applicant in 2013, Zimbabwe has been a unique case for Global Fund investments. The country submitted a single HIV concept note in April 2013 (before integrated HIV/TB concept notes were encouraged), was granted $311.2 million, and began implementation in January 2014.