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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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New funding model brings promising change as African countries request millions for key populations

27 Jan 2015

There is mounting evidence that within southern Africa’s generalized HIV epidemic there are under-estimated concentrated epidemics among key affected populations (KAPs) such as sex workers and men who have sex with men (MSM).

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How to improve HIV/TB prevention, treatment and care in prisons

29 Oct 2014

At the global epicenter of the HIV epidemic, intravenous drug use and sharing of syringes, needles and drug use paraphernalia, unprotected sex, multiple sexual partners, and low and inconsistent condom use are among the drivers of the spread of the virus [1]. Equally, prisoners comprise a key vulnerable population contributing to the epidemic.

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EECA civil society joining forces to call for domestic spend on harm reduction

27 Oct 2014
Groups are consolidating their resources to maximize impact as clock winds down on Global Fund support

Civil society groups across Eastern Europe and Central Asia are consolidating resources and presenting a unified front to national governments to call for a greater domestic investment in harm reduction as part of the HIV response.

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First grants under the full NFM rollout are about to be signed

30 Sep 2014
Application submitted to the Emergency Fund to deal with Syrian refugee crisis

The first two grants under the full rollout of the new funding model (NFM) should soon be approved for signing by the Global Fund Board. Both grants emanate from an HIV concept note submitted by Moldova during the first window on 15 May 2014.

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Morocco's quiet revolution over AIDS and human rights

29 Sep 2014

In July 2014, in a meeting room in the Moroccan capital Rabat, a young Moroccan woman stood up and addressed an audience composed of senior representatives from international organizations and government -- including the Ministry for Islamic Affairs and the prison system. Speaking in Arabic, she announced herself as "a representative of the sex workers of Morocco.”

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Hard choices in Russia as the final HIV grant proposal is submitted

18 Sep 2014
Stakeholders grappling with priorities: services or advocacy?

The concept note delivered on 8 September for Russia's last HIV grant from the Global Fund was a perfect illustration of the conundrum facing a growing number of Eastern European/Central Asian countries: how to do more with less to fight a widening HIV epidemic.

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