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Secretariat releases report on slow uptake of Global Fund’s human rights complaints mechanism

3 Jul 2018
Since the mechanism's launch in 2015, no complaints have been received

In April 2015, the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) launched a human rights complaints mechanism through which anybody can report human rights violations in the context of a Global Fund-supported program. However, in over three years, not a single complaint has been received via the mechanism. A year after the mechanism went live, the Fund began wondering why.

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North Korea and TB; human rights and the Global Fund; drones and health delivery

24 Apr 2018

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Global Fund multi-country grant prolongs the TB-in-the-mining-sector program in Southern Africa

20 Feb 2018
TB prevalence in mining areas is 3-7 times that of the general population

Among the grants approved by the Board recently was a multi-country TB grant for the Southern African Regional TB in the Mining Sector (TIMS) Program. In this article, we report on the comments from the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grants Approvals Committee (GAC) on the funding request from which this grant emanated.

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Strong role for private sector in Global Fund's TB grants to India

6 Feb 2018
India has ambitious goal to end TB by 2025

Among the grants approved by the Board recently were four TB grants and one TB/HIV grant to India. In this article, we report on the comments from the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grants Approvals Committee (GAC) on the funding request from which these grants emanated.

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The Global Fund's TRP praises India for ambitious plan to fast track the end of the HIV epidemic

6 Feb 2018
However, the TRP expressed concern about the absence of human rights- and gender-responsive programming

When it reviewed India’s HIV funding request in 2017, the Technical Review Panel (TRP) commended the Government of India for its ambitious plan to fast track the end of the HIV epidemic. At the same time, however, the TRP raised concerns about what it viewed as the request’s failure to include a focus on human rights and gender.

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TRP focuses on gaps in services for key populations in its review of Ethiopia's TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund

23 Jan 2018
Concerns raised regarding sustainability of national programs

When the Technical Review Panel (TRP) assessed Ethiopia’s TB/HIV funding request last Fall, it considered the request to be technically sound, but expressed concerns related to coverage of key populations.

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Steady progress on human rights and gender activities in the Global Fund’s Strategy, but there have been delays

28 Nov 2017
Lack of resources and limited knowledge around human rights barriers among challenges faced by Secretariat

Generally speaking, work to implement the third objective of the Global Fund Strategy 2017-2022 – to promote and protect human rights and gender equality – is making steady progress, although the majority of the sub-objectives have experienced what the Global Fund calls “minor issues and delays.” These issues can be attributed in part to a lack of resources and insufficient internal capacity on human rights issues.

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Philippines’ HIV funding request to the Global Fund contains a good mix of prevention and treatment: TRP

7 Nov 2017
However, the country’s matching funds request was sent back for iteration

The Philippines’ HIV funding request was strategically focused with appropriately targeted investments towards HIV prevention programs for key populations, and access to testing and treatment services. This was the conclusion of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) when they reviewed the request.

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In Tanzania, 13 people attending a meeting are arrested for allegedly promoting homosexuality; operations of a Global Fund SR are suspended

24 Oct 2017
No charges have yet been laid

Editor’s note: This is a “late breaking story,” as they say. There will likely have been more developments by the time you read this.

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Zimbabwe’s new Global Fund grants for TB/HIV are clearly aligned to the country’s epi profile and its national strategic plans, TRP says

17 Oct 2017
Grants include a strong focus on interventions targeting key populations

In their recommendation to the Board on Zimbabwe’s TB/HIV funding request, the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grants Approvals Committee (GAC) commented favorably on Zimbabwe’s inclusion of interventions to address barriers related to human rights and gender, and its focus on key populations for HIV, TB and STI care and treatment.

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