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Global Fund grants’ co-financing used more to buy commodities than to strengthen health systems, in practice
In low-income countries co-financing should focus more on building self-sustaining health systems
Implementation of Global Fund’s Sustainability, Transition and Co-Financing policy, is ‘transformative’, says thematic review
Commissioned by the Technical Evaluation Reference Group, the review called for better planning for, and management of, transitions in several settings
GLOBAL FUND’S NEW TB AND MALARIA GRANT TO NORTH KOREA
Global Fund pressures Democratic Republic of Congo, facing an Ebola epidemic, to fulfill its co-financing commitment
Penalty for non-compliance “for no justifiable reasons” can reduce the grants by up to 15%
The Global Fund has requested the Democratic Republic of Congo to prove that the country has fulfilled its co-financing commitment, or in other words, that the State had spent about $44.6 million on health during the year 2018 as part of a commitment to spend about 98.9 million during this grant cycle, as agreed during grant signing; otherwise the DRC risks losing up to $80 million, representing 15% of the value of the grants.
Latin America and Caribbean constituency expresses concerns following Global Fund’s 41st Board meeting
Issues include allocation methodology, and key populations during countries’ transitions
The decisions of the Global Fund at its 41st Board meeting contributed to a commitment to reviewing the key performance indicators and expected results before the upcoming Replenishment pledging conference, to be held in Lyon, France in October 2019, and accelerating efforts towards ending AIDS, TB and Malaria.
More than two years before grant closure, ‘improvement plan’ helped identify processes that would underpin transition
The Republic of Fiji was the recipient of a Global Fund grant to support Fiji’s national tuberculosis plan from 2010 to 2018.
A full-funded Global Fund plays “a vital and irreplaceable role” in accelerating the delivery of SDG3
Peter Sands became the Executive Director of the Global Fund in March 2018. He gave his first interview to the Global Fund Observer after the 40th Board Meeting in Geneva, in November 2018. This is the first article of a two-part interview with the ED.
Global Fund’s technical evaluation group will focus on ‘prospective country evaluations’ and thematic reviews in 2019
Thematic reviews underway on resilient and sustainable systems for health, partnership model, and sustainability, transition and co-financing policy
The Technical Evaluation and Reference Group (TERG) of the Global Fund gave its report to the Board at the pre-Board meeting session held on November 13, 2018, at the new Global Health Campus in Geneva, Switzerland.
Most transition challenges “are beyond the Global Fund’s direct control” but approach to monitoring transition grants needs improvement
In 2016, the Global Fund Board approved the Sustainability, Transition and Co-financing (STC) policy, a policy designed to guide implementing countries’ transition from Global Fund support to their own full funding and implementation of their HIV, TB and malaria programs.
EECA is one of two regions where transition planning is most advanced