Kenya will be able to reprogram nearly $30 million within an existing malaria grant to support the scale-up of universal access to vector interventions and treatment. The $30 million consists of $22.5 million in new funding from the allocation Kenya received for malaria under the new funding model, plus about $7 million left over from an earlier malaria grant.
For nearly a decade, China was one of the largest recipients of grants from the Global Fund for its fight against AIDS, TB and malaria. From 2003-2012, more than $805 million was disbursed to support 15 grants, nearly half of which (46%) contributed to prevention, diagnosis and treatment campaigns for TB across the country.
From now on, annual disbursement decisions and semi-annual reporting will be adopted for all Global Fund grants. The only exception will be for grants whose risk profile requires shorter disbursement decisions or more frequent reporting.
These are part of the changes introduced in February 2013 as part of the Global Fund’s Better Grants for Improved Impact Project.
The Global Fund is now forecasting that it will have uncommitted assets worth $1,428 million by December 2014. The forecast was prepared by the Secretariat and was presented to the Global Fund Board at its meeting on 13–14 September 2012. The forecast represents an increase of $373 million over the forecast presented to the Board at its 26th meeting in May 2012.
The Secretariat is making a special effort to fix what it calls “stuck grants.” These are grants to which no money has flowed within the first three months after signature of the grant agreement or, for more mature grants, to which no money has flowed within the last six months. This information is contained in the report prepared for the Board meeting in Geneva by General Manager Gabriel Jaramillo.
A Chinese NGO has called on the Global Fund to "continue to freeze" funding to the Chinese government for HIV.
Discussions continue on concerns raised by the Fund
The Global Fund has lifted the temporary freeze on disbursements for its grants to China. However, not all of the concerns raised by the Global Fund when it imposed the freeze on China's HIV grant in November 2010, and other grants in May 2011, have been resolved. Discussions are continuing.
The Global Fund has suspended disbursements to the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Zambia, which is the principal recipient (PR) for several grants. The Global Fund's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has concluded that there was fraud in connection with one or more of the grants.
The Global Fund has resumed funding for four of the five suspended grants to the Philippines, with different principal recipients (PRs) at the helm - and was expected shortly to sign an agreement with a new PR for the fifth grant. The five grants were suspended in September 2009, following evidence of unauthorised expenditures by the PR, Tropical Disease Foundation (TDF).
The Global Fund recently released a wide-ranging Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on how to implement decisions made by the Global Fund Board in November 2009 concerning cost-cutting measures and the new grant architecture. The document is entitled "Grant Signing Frequently Asked Questions," though in fact it covers many issues beyond those related to grant signing.