The Global Fund Board has approved up to $40.5 million for four interim applicant countries: Chad, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Kenya and Mozambique. The Board decisions were based on recommendations from the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC). This brings to five the number of interim applicant countries that have received funding.
The Global Fund last month lifted its temporary suspension of two grants to Chad. The HIV/AIDS and TB grants, worth more than $20 million over five years, were suspended in November 2006 over concerns regarding the misuse of funds and regarding the ability of the Principal Recipient and Sub-Recipients to effectively manage the Global Fund's resources.
The Global Fund has temporarily suspended its two grants to Chad. The Chad CCM has been told to "put in place a new structure" that will ensure effective management of the grants. The two grants - one each to fight HIV/AIDS and TB - have a total five-year value of $21 million, of which $8 million has been disbursed thus far.