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In South Sudan, debate on how to maintain HIV treatment adherence during times of war

19 Mar 2014
Global Fund supported programs trying to maintain support for 6,617 people on ART

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.

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Ukraine activists seek stability in HIV funding in face of political turmoil

4 Mar 2014
Groups ask Global Fund to accelerate funding commitments to maintain existing programming

Ukraine's HIV community including principal recipients of Global Fund grants have formally requested that grant signing for Phase 2 of a Round 10 HIV grant be expedited to mitigate the potential impact of the current political turmoil roiling the country.

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Prison feeding programs for HIV and TB inmates more than a matter of supplying food, Global Fund sub-recipients find

28 Feb 2014

For most inmates in Cote d’Ivoire, the arrival of a friend or loved one with a bowl of rice or attiéké, the local staple of fermented cassava pulp, is a highlight of a long and exhausting day of doing nothing but self-preservation.

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Global Fund expresses “deep concern” about new anti-gay law in Uganda

28 Feb 2014
Implications for public health ‘grave’ – increase in transmission likely

The Global Fund has expressed “deep concern” about a law signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni that imposes jail terms of up to seven years for those who ‘aid or abet’ homosexual relations, which could implicate health workers providing services and counseling to people living with HIV.

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The Global Fund releases eligibility list for 2014

26 Feb 2014
Eligible countries will develop their proposals in line with requirements under the new funding model

The list of countries eligible to apply for Global Fund support for up to four components -- HIV, TB, malaria and health system strengthening --  was released in February, timed to coincide with the imminent roll-out of the new funding model (NFM) allocating greater resources to those countries with high disease burdens and modest financial resources.

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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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