Challenging operating environments (COEs) are countries or sub-regions of countries that the Global Fund characterizes as having weak governance, poor access to health services, manmade crises (such as conflict) or natural crises (such as famine).
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Six African countries classified as challenging operating environments craft tailored funding requests to the Global Fund
As reported in GFO #295, in August the Board approved $180 million in funding for 14 grants from 11 countries. The Board was acting on recommendations of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grants Approvals Committee (GAC). This article provides a summary of the some of the comments made by the GAC in its report to the Board.