Ten countries included in a $10-million Global Fund regional initiative spanning Mesoamerica and Hispaniola met on 28 February to develop new ways to evolve national malaria strategies away from control towards pre-elimination and elimination of the disease. The countries have set a regional goal to eliminate malaria by 2020.
Russia has announced its pledge to commit $60 million to the Global Fund’s fourth replenishment cycle ahead of the anticipated end in 2014 of all Global Fund grants to the country.
Eastern Europe/Central Asia network chooses in-country partners for its regional harm reduction project on HIV in EECA
The Eurasian Harm Reduction Network issued a tender in September 2013 for in-country partners to implement the regional programme, "Harm Reduction Works. Fund it!" Developed as part of the network's concept note for the transition phase of the new funding model, the programme seeks to facilitate effective regional advocacy for harm reduction among injected drug users across five countries in EECA.
The Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) has submitted a draft project concept to the Global Fund for review by the Secretariat and the Technical Review Panel (TRP) prior to submitting a full concept note. EHRN is the applicant for a regional initiative in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) on HIV and harm reduction. This is part of the transition phase of the new funding model (NFM).
The Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) has launched the second stage of its online consultation on the development of its regional HIV project. The project will be submitted to the Global Fund for funding; EHRN is one of the three regional early applicants in the transition phase of the new funding model.
The project will focus on harm reduction in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA).
The Eurasian Harm Reduction Network has released a policy brief on “The Global Fund’s New Funding Model: What It Might Mean for You and Your Country.” The brief is based on research in four countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA): Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Uzbekistan.
Harm reduction programmes in the Ukraine have resulted in a decrease in HIV transmission among people who inject drugs (PID) which, in turn, has helped to stabilise the HIV epidemic in that country.
This information was contained in a statement released on 6 March 2013 by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine. The statement provided the results of an analysis of the impact of harm reduction programmes in Ukraine.
“Given that Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) continues to face the world’s fastest-growing HIV epidemic and an alarming problem of drug-resistant TB, we recognize the importance of continuing support to those programs in your region.”
The Global Fund's importance to people who inject drugs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) cannot be overstated, according to Serge Votyagov of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, writing in “Lucy’s Blog” on the website of the Huffington Post.
Civil Society Has Had Limited Impact on Drug Policy Reform in Three Former Soviet Union Countries, Researchers Say
Editor’s note: In their paper, Andrew Harmer et al raise some interesting issues about the impact of Global Fund financing on civil society organisations not just in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, but also in other regions. Aidspan has created a Discussion Page on its website where GFO readers can engage in a discussion on these issues.