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Responsibility to “End It for Good”

13 Aug 2016

“End It for Good,” is the rallying call for the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment conference, to be held in Montreal, Canada on 16-17 September 2016. Millions of lives have been saved and infections averted, and tremendous progress has been made in the fight against AIDS, TB, and malaria. Yet, there is still no greater global health challenge for humanity.

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Global Fund tops PEPFAR on engagement of key populations: Survey

10 Aug 2016

A new survey report compares African key populations’ engagement in the decision-making processes of large funding partners.

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Report calls for a fully funded Global Fund and a focus on the leadership of networks of key populations

18 Jul 2016
Report builds on advocacy brief released earlier

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires not only a fully funded Global Fund, but also an approach that focuses strongly on the leadership of networks of key and vulnerable populations to deliver results.

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The Global Fund has been backing away from efforts to promote generic competition

5 Apr 2016
Fund’s strategy has come under growing scrutiny

With progressively stricter patent protections, the costs for new treatments continue to rise. It is a global problem that affects countries across income levels, but it is particularly challenging for poor and transitioning economies.

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Transparency and streamlined accountability: what watchdogs, grant implementers and OIG want

19 Aug 2015
Aidspan hosts regional round table on Global Fund grants management, implementation and results tracking within recipient countries

Both watchdogs and the OIG are having trouble accessing useful and complete country-level data to track and verify grant budgeting, expenditure and results data. There are also significant obstacles keeping implementers from meeting requirements for reporting to national oversight structures. These two conclusions drove two days of strategic discussions at an Aidspan roundtable in early August drawing participants from 10 countries.

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An ever-greater number of watchdogs are becoming Global Fund recipients

18 Aug 2015
The profusion raises the question of how to manage conflicts of interest

“Our mission has always been to watch the GF. It never crossed our mind that we would be PR. We wanted to keep the GF on its toes. Once you are hungry and somebody waves a plate of food who are you not to take a bite?” said Felix Mwanza, a representative from Zambia’s TALC: a group that advocates for better access to health services on behalf of people living with HIV.

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Creating links between the OIG and local watchdogs

17 Aug 2015
In identifying fraud, watchdogs are playing a vital role in ensuring transparency and accountability

The following is a transcript of an interview of Etienne Michaud during a recent visit to attend Aidspan’s Regional Roundtable in August 2015. The interview has been condensed for clarity.

Aidspan : The OIG has no presence at country level. How are you working with country-based organizations to support your work ?

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Watchdog uncovers reasons for ARV stock-outs in Tanzania

20 Jul 2015
Poor implementation of the Global Fund’s pooled procurement; weak communication and coordination by national agencies cause ARV stock-outs

Tanzanian NGO Sikika has uncovered the cause of shortages and stockouts of ARVs over 2014, which led to some patients receiving fewer supplies and others having their treatment regimens and medicine brands changed, prompting some patients to experience new side effects.

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At Financing for Development conference, the outlines of a plan to fund the post-2015 development agenda

17 Jul 2015
Outcomes of meeting should offer insight into donor postures ahead of Global Fund’s own replenishment campaign in mid-2016

A high-level meeting of global stakeholders took place 13-16 July in Addis Ababa to develop a strategy to finance the post-2015 sustainable development goals, against a backdrop of donor fatigue, the enduring global financial crisis and a growing insistence on improved domestic financing for development issues.

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The call to radically change the face of TB in the new Global TB strategy

10 Jul 2015
New targets require a new approach, Asia Pacific stakeholders say

Radical change in the approach to TB prevention, diagnosis and case management is needed if new global targets are to be achieved, participants in a 23 June consultation hosted by the Stop TB Partnership said.

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