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Aidspan finds elements of improved participation by key populations in CCMs in southern Africa

12 Mar 2015
Communication and technical barriers continue to hamper their participation

In a study published in early March, Aidspan found that participation by representatives of key affected populations in country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) in southern Africa has somewhat improved, although barriers to participation remain related to professional and technical capacity and a lack of experience in policymaking.

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ATHENA Network flags gender challenges in Global Fund concept notes

12 Mar 2015

The Global Fund's efforts to put women and girls at the center of its interventions in HIV, TB and malaria have yet to bear significant fruit at the country level, according to the ATHENA Network.

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Georgia CCM pushes ahead with TB and HIV concept notes

25 Feb 2015
Civil society forum and stakeholders' consultation workshops help identify priority areas
A correction has been appended to this article

Georgia is planning to submit its HIV concept note on 20 April, in Window 6, and its TB note in Window 7 on 15 July. In anticipation, the country coordinating mechanism has scheduled a series of civil society and stakeholder forums for consultation, in order to identify priority areas and high-impact activities that will help the country overcome its concentrated epidemics.

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Uganda acrimony over CCM vote ends with agreement on direct representation

12 Feb 2015
Key population representative will join the CCM

A contentious election over representation by key populations on Uganda's country coordinating mechanism ended on 12 February with an amicable resolution that activists in Kampala say will help to ensure Global Fund-supported activities are more effectively targeted towards the people who need them most.

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Global Fund offers look back on 2014 in final NFM progress update

12 Feb 2015
Just under half of the expected 260 concept notes under NFM submitted in 2014, representing 58% of allocation funding

In its first update on the new funding model (NFM) for 2015, and ultimately the last stand-alone update it will provide, the Global Fund offered a look back at the  roll-out of the mechanism aiming to direct the greatest resources to those countries with the highest disease burden and least ability to pay.

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Most CCMs that have submitted concept notes are not fully compliant with minimum requirements

12 Feb 2015
Performance assessment data show that just 10 of 80 plans to improve CCM performance are on track

Country coordination mechanisms are facing challenges integrating the new requirements for performance improvement. Just four of the 84 CCMs that have completed performance assessments are fully compliant with minimum requirements. Of 80 performance improvement plans in development, only 10 are on track.

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Nigeria awaits enshrining of anti-discrimination bill into law

3 Feb 2015
The bill would impose stiff penalties on anyone found to be depriving HIV-positive people access to services

Nigeria is watching as President Goodluck Jonathan considers whether to sign a groundbreaking anti-discrimination bill that would impose harsh punishment on those who would erect barriers to access to services for the country's 3.5 million people living with HIV.

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Western Pacific continuing to tackle HIV with submission of multi-country concept note

28 Jan 2015
Despite divergent burdens and diverse health systems, islands nations coming together

Eleven Pacific Island countries have endorsed a multi-country concept note to respond to the varying HIV epidemics among their respective populations, ahead of submission expected on 30 January. The concept note -- among the only multi-country notes to be developed under the new funding model -- was drawn from extensive consultations to set priorities and identify areas of commonality.

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Ecuador and Rwanda audits show mixed results

15 Jan 2015
Problems in governance, oversight and management in Rwanda; deficiencies in program performance and controls of health services and products in Ecuador

Reports on audits of grants in Rwanda and Ecuador were released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the end of December.

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Morocco's quiet revolution over AIDS and human rights

29 Sep 2014

In July 2014, in a meeting room in the Moroccan capital Rabat, a young Moroccan woman stood up and addressed an audience composed of senior representatives from international organizations and government -- including the Ministry for Islamic Affairs and the prison system. Speaking in Arabic, she announced herself as "a representative of the sex workers of Morocco.”

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