On 27 September 2019, by electronic vote, the Global Fund Board approved funding for interventions from the Register of Unfunded Quality Demand (UQD) valued at $46.4 million for nine grants in five countries (see Table). Most of the funds for these awards come from a portfolio-optimization exercise that was carried out in April 2019 for the 2017-2019 allocation cycle.
Six African countries classified as challenging operating environments craft tailored funding requests to the Global Fund
Challenging operating environments (COEs) are countries or sub-regions of countries that the Global Fund characterizes as having weak governance, poor access to health services, manmade crises (such as conflict) or natural crises (such as famine).
The Ecobank Foundation renewed its partnership with the Global Fund, announcing a three-year, $3 million commitment during the Fund’s September Replenishment Conference in Montreal, Canada as reported by Aidspan here.
OIG investigation into a South Sudan SR uncovers more than $0.5 million in non-compliant expenditures
An investigation conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has determined that Caritas Torit, a sub-recipient (SR) for three grants to South Sudan, exercised weak financial management and controls over the disbursement of program funds, including lack of or inadequate supporting documents, proper bookkeeping, and accounting records.
The Global Fund Board has approved funding in the amount of € 16.4 million ($18.4 million) for a malaria grant to Guinea-Bissau. The Board also approved additional funding for an existing health services strengthening grant to South Sudan. The Board was acting on recommendations from the Technical Review Panel and the Grant Approval Committee.
An audit by the Office of the Inspector General on grants to South Sudan concluded that while financial and fiduciary controls are at the level of the principal recipients were effective, there are weaknesses in the management of programs and health services and products, and in governance and oversight. A report on the audit was released on 5 October.
More than 700,000 people have fled their homes since conflict erupted in mid-December in South Sudan, which has compromised their safety and security and made them more exposed to the risk of illness and other public health challenges. But for the estimated 6,617 people living with HIV who are taking anti-retroviral treatment supported by the Global Fund, being far away from their home clinic has become a matter of life or death.
The town of Minkammen, on the banks of the White Nile, has been inundated with thousands of South Sudanese fleeing the conflict pitting rebel against government fighters upstream.
Since mid-December 2013, ethnic clashes in South Sudan have displaced about a half-million people and sent more than 100,000 fleeing across borders seeking refuge. That insecurity, and the attendant mobility of the population, has interrupted a number of development programs, including several that are receiving financial support from the Global Fund.