The Global Fund has improved its controls, management and oversight of procurement processes at the Secretariat level, in response to issues identified in an audit of procurement and supply chain management carried out in 2015.
The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) successfully procures and distributes government, Global Fund, and other donor-funded commodities. Prices obtained by KEMSA are competitive compared to prices obtained by the Global Fund’s Pooled Procurement Mechanism (PPM), stock-outs of health commodities occur rarely, if ever, commodities are delivered in a timely fashion, and inventory is properly managed at all stages of the supply chain.
OIG investigation of Global Fund PR in Bangladesh reveals fraud and misuse of funds amounting to about $100,000
Staff from the National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP) in Bangladesh falsified documents to support training-related expenditures between July 2015 and September 2016, according to an investigation conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The NTP was principal recipient (PR) for a TB grant (BGD-T-NTP) worth $31.7 million.
Ukraine starts transition away from Global Fund support without a detailed transition plan, OIG says
The Global Fund Board has adopted a set of “principles” governing the selection of LFAs (some of the principles are really policies); has delegated to the Audit and Finance Committee (AFC) the authority to modify the principles; and has delegated to the Secretariat the authority to establish the procedures for procurement of LFA services. The principles were recommended by the Secretariat and endorsed by the AFC.
OIG reports good progress in implementing Global Fund grants to Ethiopia, but several problems remain
Philippines’ HIV funding request to the Global Fund contains a good mix of prevention and treatment: TRP
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.
Global Fund’s wambo.org platform has not achieved projected savings, nor improved lead times for orders, OIG says
Although clients using wambo.org express a high degree of satisfaction with the platform, the project has experienced delays, has not achieved projected savings, and has not improved lead times for orders, compared to the Pooled Procurement Mechanism (PPM).
In raising concerns about the ability of countries to achieve full absorption of Global Fund grants, delegations from the African constituencies on the Global Fund Board pointed to a range of challenges they said need to be addressed, including several that consistently appear at the country level.
The Secretariat has made progress in improving consultant management processes, particularly over the last year and half. Consultant costs, as a percentage of total staff costs, have gone down from 35% in 2015 to 19% in 2016. Processes and compliance have improved. The Secretariat is aware of several outstanding weaknesses and has various ongoing initiatives to remediate them.