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Anti-gay bill in Uganda could have disastrous public health implications

18 Feb 2014
Bill would exacerbate stigma, exclusion and increase risk of HIV infection, activists and researchers warn

Public health program managers and activists, many of whom receive support from the Global Fund, have warned of potentially catastrophic consequences for reducing Uganda's HIV infection rate should President Yoweri Museveni follow through on a plan announced on 14 February to sign into law a repressive bill effectively banning homosexuality.

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Malawi’s CCM adds new TB voices ahead of integrated concept note development

18 Feb 2014
Co-infection is responsible for more than two-thirds of AIDS-related deaths in Malawi

Malawi’s preparations to develop an integrated HIV/TB concept note required under the new funding model have included the election on 12 February of two new members to its country coordination mechanism (CCM) with roots in the TB community.

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Integration of TB and HIV programs in high burden countries both necessary and beneficial, experts say

18 Feb 2014
How to get the two programs working together among anticipated challenges

Forty-one countries will from 2014 be required by the Global Fund to submit joint TB-HIV concept notes under the new funding model in what experts in both fields consider to be necessary and beneficial but also challenging to implement.

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For its HIV grant, El Salvador chooses sub-recipients representing key populations

11 Feb 2014
El Salvador is an early applicant under the NFM

El Salvador has announced the selection of six sub-recipients (SR) for its $23.1 million HIV grant, marking another step forward on its path towards completing the Global Fund’s processes under the new funding model (NFM).

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HIV spreading in Asia, including among Global Fund High Impact countries

11 Feb 2014
Lack of progress raises questions about targeting of HIV response

A UNAIDS special report released in November has warned of a risk that regional progress in Asia and the Pacific in stemming the spread of HIV is stagnating, recommending a closer look at value for money and strategic targets for external and domestic co-financing of prevention, treatment and care activities.

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Civil society, government and affected populations join HIV country dialogue in DRC

5 Feb 2014
The meeting was an opportunity to plot priorities for DRC’s HIV concept note

Stakeholders representing civil society, government, key affected populations and technical partners met on 14-15 January in Kinshasa for the final country dialogue meeting for Democratic Republic of Congo to validate the content and priorities of an HIV concept note under the Global Fund’s new funding model (NFM).

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Malawi faces shortage of healthcare workers as it battles AIDS epidemic

21 Jan 2014

Malawi’s health sector is grappling with a serious lack of trained health care staff that could have an impact on its Global Fund-supported programming to enroll a greater number of HIV-positive Malawians on antiretroviral therapy (ART).

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OIG identifies irregularities in the implementation of HIV grants to Kazakhstan

20 Jan 2014
PR has promised to reimburse the amount involved, $105,227

An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) into three HIV grants in Kazakhstan administered by the principal recipient, the Republican Center for Prophylactics and Control of AIDS (RCAIDS), has found evidence of attempted misappropriation, misuse of grant funds, misrepresentation and anti-competitive and collusive practices.

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Global Fund and UNAIDS urge Nigeria to reconsider new anti-gay law

20 Jan 2014
The law restricts gay and lesbian people from associating in public and imposes jail time of up to 14 years for same-sex unions

The law passed the Nigerian national assembly in May 2013 but President Goodluck Jonathan resisted signing it until early January, doing so with little fanfare as he knew the likely firestorm it would provoke among Nigeria’s development partners.

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Why the private sector should increase direct funding to the Global Fund

8 Jan 2014

by Njihia Mbitiru

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