At the global epicenter of the HIV epidemic, intravenous drug use and sharing of syringes, needles and drug use paraphernalia, unprotected sex, multiple sexual partners, and low and inconsistent condom use are among the drivers of the spread of the virus . Equally, prisoners comprise a key vulnerable population contributing to the epidemic.
The TB field prides itself on being painstakingly evidence-based and yet in one arena, acknowledged inequality has persisted for years without triggering much reflection or retooling. In fact the prevailing discourses continue to obscure gender inequality that is inconvenient and distract from efforts to fight TB where it lives.
Civil society groups across Eastern Europe and Central Asia are consolidating resources and presenting a unified front to national governments to call for a greater domestic investment in harm reduction as part of the HIV response.
Objectively, Morocco's HIV indicators paint a relatively reassuring picture of a country only grazed lightly by an epidemic that has had ruinous consequences elsewhere in Africa.
The incentive funding stream should be eliminated and the money reallocated to countries that need it the most to save lives. This was a central recommendation of the Technical Review Panel Report on Windows 1 and 2 of the new funding model. The first two windows were in May and June of 2014.
Two principal recipients of malaria grants in Nigeria have been implicated in fraud and financial irregularities, following an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and have committed to returning some $350,000 to the Fund.
OIG audit in Guinea-Bissau questions whether PBF is possible where performance data are not reliable
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) says that its recent audit of grants to Guinea-Bissau raises questions about the suitability of performance-based funding in countries where performance data are not reliable.
“The expectations for reporting, management and oversight placed on fragile states by the Global Fund have not been realistic,” the OIG said.
Countries from Latin America and the Caribbean have submitted six concept notes under the new funding model (NFM) as of end-September, with another eight expected in the October submission window, according to a calendar shared with Aidspan.
Three of the first six notes submitted were returned following a review by the Technical Review Panel; the revisions are expected to be completed in time to catch the November TRP window.
In July 2014, in a meeting room in the Moroccan capital Rabat, a young Moroccan woman stood up and addressed an audience composed of senior representatives from international organizations and government -- including the Ministry for Islamic Affairs and the prison system. Speaking in Arabic, she announced herself as "a representative of the sex workers of Morocco.”
An expression of interest for a $10.18 million regional initiative to develop a harmonized response to a TB crisis among Syrian refugees scattered across neighboring countries was rejected by the Global Fund.