Here are a few recent news and media items, of relevance to the Global Fund partnership:
Civil society organizations push for a target of $18 billion for the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment
Organizations representing civil society have renewed their call for a more ambitious target for the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment.
Among the grants approved by the Global Fund Board on 21 December 2018 (see GFO article) were three multi-country grants. Two of the grants were for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA); the third was for West and Central Africa. (See table.)
New report finds improvements in Malawi’s Global Fund program for key and vulnerable populations, credits community engagement
A new report from the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO) finds that Malawi’s Global Fund program improved in a number of ways during the 2017-2019 funding cycle. The total funding requested for key and vulnerable populations rose dramatically, and service packages for these groups were defined in greater detail.
Former Director of External Relations reflects on 15 years of resource mobilization at the Global Fund
Dr. Christoph Benn was the Director of External Relations for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria from 2003 to 2018, and was a member of the founding Board of the Global Fund in 2002.
OIG audit: Integration of HIV and TB treatment into Viet Nam’s national health insurance scheme presents challenges and risks
Treatment for HIV and TB is being integrated into Viet Nam’s national health insurance scheme as part of the government’s commitment to achieving universal health coverage (UHC).
While some countries are making progress in achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), very few countries appear to dedicate a sufficient share of government funding for health from domestic resources. They continue to depend on unacceptable levels of out-of-pocket spending, in addition to fragmented and volatile donor funding.
“It is unlikely that Panama’s HIV-related civil society can effectively survive the exit of the Global Fund or gain a greater foothold as a full partner in [the] planning, implementation and monitoring of the national HIV response.” This is a key finding of the transition readiness assessment (TRA) report commissioned by the Panama country coordinating mechanism (CCM).
While it has given generously to the Global Fund, the U.K. has slashed its bilateral aid for HIV, NGO says
The U.K.’s generosity to multilateral institutions, and to the Global Fund in particular, has come at the expense of the country’s bilateral aid, according to STOPAIDS, a network of U.K. agencies working on HIV.