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TRP praises Uganda’s TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund, but sends two matching funds requests back for iteration

6 Nov 2017
Concerns related to the funding request include a lack of clarity regarding TB programming

In its review of Uganda’s TB/HIV funding request, the Technical Review Panel (TRP) praised the country for positioning the request as part of a more sustainable response, including a push to improve coordination with the private sector, and for scaling up interventions for key populations.

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Bangladesh’s “ambitious, but realistic” TB funding request to the Global Fund receives positive reviews

6 Nov 2017
The two grants will expand case finding interventions, upgrade diagnostics and scale-up a public-private mix approach to TB

The TB funding request submitted by the Bangladesh CCM received positive reviews from the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC). The two grants emanating from the request were approved by the Board on 17 October. A total of $110.9 million was approved, reflecting the total TB allocation for Bangladesh of $97.9 million and an additional $13.0 million in catalytic matching funds.

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Malawi’s TB/HIV grants approved by the Global Fund do not differ much from the funding request

23 Oct 2017
The TRP requested only minimal clarifications

The two TB/HIV grants to Malawi which the Board approved on 17 October do not differ significantly from the funding request, which was submitted on 20 March 2017. GFO detailed the contents of the request in an article in GFO 316 on 19 July.

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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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Catastrophe in Venezuela imperils the achievement of the Global Fund Strategy (2017-2022), says new report

16 Oct 2017
Calls on Global Fund to lead a comprehensive regional response

Venezuela is in the middle of an unprecedented, state-made, complex humanitarian emergency.  The public health crisis, which is just a symptom of the larger unraveling that is unfolding, has reached extreme levels. Essentials like soap and gloves have vanished from hospital floors. Life-saving medications are sometimes only available on the black market and cost half a month’s wages.

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On holding the pen: reflections from a writer of Global Fund funding requests

5 Sep 2017
No two country processes are the same

This year, I wrote three Global Fund funding requests for African HIV and TB programs. In Window 1 (20 March 2017), I wrote for Zimbabwe; in Window 2 (23 May 2017), I wrote for Zambia; and in Window 3 (28 August 2017), I wrote for Swaziland.

Both Zimbabwe’s and Zambia’s funding requests were invited to proceed directly to grant-making. Swaziland anticipates learning the outcome of its request in mid-October.

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Swaziland submits $94 million funding request to the Global Fund

30 Aug 2017
More than a fifth of the total budget is dedicated to HIV prevention

On 28 August 2017 (Window 3), Swaziland submitted a TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund. The total request was for $93.8 million. When broken down, $47.2 million of this amount was within the country’s allocation, $1.5 million was a matching funds request for catalytic funding to prevent HIV among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), and $45.1 million was a prioritized above allocation request (PAAR).

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Nigeria’s TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund sent back for iteration

22 Aug 2017
Portfolio plagued with challenges

On 4 August 2017, Nigeria was notified that its TB/HIV funding request – submitted on 28 May 2017 – was not invited to proceed to grant-making. The Technical Review Panel (TRP) recommended a further iteration of the funding request. This means that the country must re-work and resubmit its funding request, addressing the TRP’s concerns. The country will resubmit its funding request in Window 4 on 7 February 2018.

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Activists stunned by Global Fund decision to end funding for regional HIV programming in Africa

22 Aug 2017
Eight grants worth nearly $60 million are affected by the decision
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Changes to the role and structure of CCMs likely as the Global Fund develops a CCM evolution plan

22 Aug 2017
Regional consultations set for August and September

The Global Fund has embarked on a process that could see major changes made to the role and structure of country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs). A key part of the process is a series of regional consultations which the Global Fund’s CCM Hub is organizing together with several of the Fund’s partners, including GIZ BACKUP Health, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Initiative 5%.

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