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.
According to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), in-country supply chain mechanisms are neither adequate nor effective in ensuring that the right products are delivered in the correct quantities and condition, at the right place and time, and for the best value cost.
The Global Fund Board has agreed to allow wambo.org to facilitate, on a pilot basis, 10 procurements by principal recipients (PRs) using domestic funding. Each procurement can be for multiple products.
The Global Fund is developing a comprehensive supply chain strategy that will define a scope of responsibility, oversight, and necessary initiatives to address supply chain challenges.
An audit into grants to Mozambique undertaken by the Office of the Inspector General has concluded that both grant implementation arrangements and supply chain controls and assurance mechanisms “need significant improvement.”
“Needs significant improvement” is the second lowest rating in the OIG’s four tier rating scheme. The four tiers are effective; partially effective; needs significant improvement; and ineffective.
More than a month has passed since the exchange of letters between the Global Fund and the Venezuelan Network of Positive People (RVG+ in its Spanish acronym) concerning what Venezuelan civil society describe as “a humanitarian crisis.” Very little has happened in the interim, at least not that we can report publicly.
In-country supply chains for many drugs and health products currently face end-to-end challenges, including issues related to forecasting and quantification, storage and inventory management, distribution, quality assurance, and information management and reporting.