I am deeply honored to serve as Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2003. I know that by working together the Board can make a tremendous difference in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. It is a grave and weighty task, and I know that the Fund is ready to take it on. I look forward to being an active spokesman and advocate for the Fund.
[Aidspan, the organization that publishes GFO, has conducted a detailed analysis on "How Much Money Does the Global Fund Need? How Much Does it Have?". The paper, based on data published by the Global Fund through 21 March 2003, is available at www.aidspan.org/gfo/docs/gfo55.pdf. GFO here presents a summary of that paper.]
Much the most popular feature at the Aidspan web site is the new section that lets you "drill down" from country totals to see hundreds of background documents related to all Round 2 grants - including the Executive Summary of every approved and rejected proposal. (See www.aidspan.org/globalfund/grants.)
- The definitive list of documents on the Global Fund provided at www.aidspan.org/globalfund is regularly added to. The list now shows how many times each document has been downloaded, and highlights the ten most popular downloads.
[In Issue 2 of the GFO Newsletter (www.aidspan.org/gfo/archives/newsletter/issue2.htm), GFO reported that the Ugandan Ministry of Finance had ruled that an approved $52 million Global Fund grant from Round 1 will not be allowed to lead to an increase in Uganda's health expenditure.
Two likely candidates for Chair of the Global Fund emerged in the course of yesterday. One is Tommy Thompson, head of the US delegation and US Secretary of Health and Human Services. The other is Lennarth Hjelmåker, head of the Swedish delegation, Director of the Department for Global Development at Sweden's Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Deputy Director General of SIDA. (As reported in Issue 4, Dr.
- Issue 5 of the GFO Newsletter will be sent out this weekend, February 1-2. It will report on who gets chosen as the Fund's Chair and Vice Chair.
- Issue 5 will also contain a complete breakdown of which proposals submitted in Round 2 are approved by the Board on Friday. It is anticipated that the grants approved will be worth some $860 million over the first two years.
As reported in the GFO Discussion Forum on 15 January, the Selection Committee established to choose three NGO board delegates to the Global Fund Board has announced its choices. They are:
- At the time of writing, the GFO Newsletter has over 2,000 subscribers in over 110 countries, and the GFO Discussion Forum has over 600 subscribers in over 75 countries. Requests have been received to provide the services in French and Spanish; we hope to do so in the future, but at present this is not financially possible.
Following are brief excerpts from contributions to the first three Postings of the GFO Discussion Forum. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of GFO or Aidspan.