By Kate Macintyre
I was saddened to learn that Dr Tewolde Gebremeskel, Head of the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) in Eritrea, has died at the age of 60. His intelligence, fierce drive, transparency, work ethic and energy, supported by an able, well-organised team, have been largely responsible for Eritrea’s successful malaria control programme in the last 15 years.
For ten years, Aidspan has had a website that has served us well, enabling us to carry out our mandate as a watchdog of the Global Fund. Through the website, we have been able to provide access to our many Aidspan guides and reports and our hundreds of GFO articles. The website has gained a wide audience over the years and has become an authoritative source of Global Fund–related information.
The English-language version of "The Aidspan Guide to Applications under the Global Fund's Transitional Funding Mechanism" is now available at www.aidspan.org/guides. French-, Spanish and Russian-language versions should be posted by the end of January.The deadline for applications under the TFM is 31 March 2011.
Aidspan, independent watchdog of the Global Fund and publisher of GFO, seeks applicants for three newly-established positions: Senior Research Officer, Senior Editor, and Editor/Writer. All three positions are based at the Aidspan office in Nairobi.
In a bid to survive its suddenly increased difficulties in getting adequate funding, the Global Fund Board approved an extensive and far-reaching Comprehensive Transformation Plan (CTP) at its meeting in Accra, Ghana on 20-21 November 2011. The CTP seeks to strengthen oversight, risk management and fiduciary control measures throughout the Global Fund system, especially at country level.
In general, the report of the High-Level Independent Review Panel (HLP) was well received by people and organisations that commented publicly. However, concerns were expressed about some of the Panel's recommendations. This article provides a summary of the reaction. Links have been provided to the full texts.
The Report of the High-Level Independent Review Panel that the Global Fund released on 19 September is anything but dull. It is easily the most high-profile and frank review that has ever been conducted of the Global Fund.
GFO is planning a lengthy Commentary on the High-Level Panel report, its recommendations, and the response by the Global Fund to those recommendations.