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Co-Infections and co-morbidities framework approved

7 Apr 2015

The Board approved a recommendation submitted by the Strategy and Investment for Impact Committee to allow countries to use some of their allocations to fund interventions in response to co-infections that can exacerbate HIV, TB or malaria.

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Incentive funding awards reduced to find money to cover gaps in countries with shortened grant durations, TRP says

1 Apr 2015
Because of the gaps, will the Fund have any resources to finance unfunded quality demand?

According to the Technical Review Panel (TRP), incentive funding recommendations for components submitted in Window 4 were reduced because the Secretariat “saw no other option to cover gaps for countries with shortened grant durations”. The gaps refer to the period between the end of the shortened grants and December 2017, after which funding from the next replenishment should become available.

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In Morocco, inspiring others with harm reduction work among injecting drug users

12 Mar 2015
The country is a regional role model for an innovative approach to the twin threat of HIV infection and intravenous drug use

Just a glance at a map is enough to determine why Morocco is in the throes of an epidemic of injecting drug use. Sitting at the gates of Europe, its northern-most cities of Tangier, Tetouan and Nador are but a stone's throw from the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla: the crossroads of the African migration routes where all kinds of trafficking occur.

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In Unfunded Quality Demand register, some insight into program gaps for key populations

11 Mar 2015
The $2 billion register so far includes $44 million in key population-specific programs

Under the new funding model (NFM), the Global Fund created a system to maintain an inventory of unmet needs identified by countries, the funding for which exceeds their allocation for the period 2014-2017.

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Georgia CCM pushes ahead with TB and HIV concept notes

25 Feb 2015
Civil society forum and stakeholders' consultation workshops help identify priority areas
A correction has been appended to this article

Georgia is planning to submit its HIV concept note on 20 April, in Window 6, and its TB note in Window 7 on 15 July. In anticipation, the country coordinating mechanism has scheduled a series of civil society and stakeholder forums for consultation, in order to identify priority areas and high-impact activities that will help the country overcome its concentrated epidemics.

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OIG says national strategy financing model pilot in Ethiopia should not proceed at this time

25 Feb 2015
Secretariat agrees that more work is needed

Neither the Global Fund Secretariat nor Ethiopia have the necessary systems in place to allow for a national financing strategy model to be implemented at this time. This is the conclusion of a pre-implementation review commissioned by the Secretariat and conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The review was conducted between September and November 2014. A report on the review was released on 25 February 2015.

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While turning the page on a financial scandal, Malawi still confronting challenges in prioritizing HIV interventions

3 Feb 2015
Civil society flags major imbalance in activities outlined in just-submitted concept note

Seeking to turn the page on a financial scandal involving the National AIDS Commission, Malawi has appointed new principal recipients to administer the $574 million it was allocated to fight HIV.

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Global Fund urges passage of emergency resolution to support drug shipments into eastern Ukraine

3 Feb 2015
Approval of the resolution to send OST, ARV and other critical medicines is being held up in the cabinet of ministers

The Global Fund is urging Ukraine's government to approve a resolution paving the way for emergency deliveries of critical medicines and other health commodities into the country's restive east, part of which is currently controlled by pro- Russian troops.

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Nigeria awaits enshrining of anti-discrimination bill into law

3 Feb 2015
The bill would impose stiff penalties on anyone found to be depriving HIV-positive people access to services

Nigeria is watching as President Goodluck Jonathan considers whether to sign a groundbreaking anti-discrimination bill that would impose harsh punishment on those who would erect barriers to access to services for the country's 3.5 million people living with HIV.

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Western Pacific continuing to tackle HIV with submission of multi-country concept note

28 Jan 2015
Despite divergent burdens and diverse health systems, islands nations coming together

Eleven Pacific Island countries have endorsed a multi-country concept note to respond to the varying HIV epidemics among their respective populations, ahead of submission expected on 30 January. The concept note -- among the only multi-country notes to be developed under the new funding model -- was drawn from extensive consultations to set priorities and identify areas of commonality.

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