Donor government disbursements to combat HIV in low- and middle-income countries increased 16 percent from US$7 billion in 2016 to US$8.1 billion in 2017 – though the higher total stems largely from the timing of U.S.
AIDS was first recognized in 1981. In 1983 the causal virus was identified. Initially the main concern of the health sector was with ‘high risk’ groups in the west: hemophiliacs, drug users and gay men. It soon became apparent that the disease had the potential to spread further, but by 2000 it was recognized it was not going to be a threat to the majority of people in these areas, and indeed transmission could be prevented.
There are numerous sessions on Global Fund–related topics at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) which is being held in Durban, South Africa on 18-22 July 2016.
The Global Fund is cautiously exploring the idea of introducing one or more next generation financing models. These are models where the basis for payments to implementers is changed from expenses (the way the Fund currently operates) to outputs, outcomes, or impact.
Sustainability was a prominent theme in the November report of the Grant Approvals Committee to the Board. Ten of the 22 grants recommended for approval had already taken some steps towards sustainability or included measures in their proposed programs. Three of the 10 grants were from low income countries.
Le Japon s’est proposé pour organiser en décembre 2015 la réunion préparatoire à la cinquième conférence des donateurs du Fonds mondial, mettant ainsi en exergue l’effort de mobilisation des ressources avant le lancement officiel de la reconstitution des ressources mi-2016.
Japan has volunteered to host a pre-meeting for the Global Fund's 5th replenishment conference, kicking off the major resource mobilization effort in December 2015 ahead of the official launch of replenishment in mid-2016.
The Global Fund has launched a new "Debt2Health" initiative that could result in substantial finances being received by the Fund. The initiative is a form of "debt conversion", in which Western governments that are owed money by developing countries agree to cancel a portion of the debt on condition that the developing countries in question invest specified lesser amounts of money in Global Fund-approved programmes.
The Global Fund will need to at least triple in size by 2010 -- reaching a spending target of $6 billion per year -- to meet projected demand, the Fund's Board agreed on Friday. Further increased demand from developing countries for Global Fund financing could potentially raise this figure to $8 billion.