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June 2020

In its second routine audit of Global Fund grants in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found significant challenges in the TB and HIV responses. The audit found that the TB case detection rate was slowing down while new HIV infections and HIV-related deaths...

24 Jun 2020
NEWS

The Global Fund has added HIV testing, condom programming, and tuberculosis preventive treatment for people living with HIV to its HIV prevention strategic priority areas to receive matching funds for 2020–2022 cycle. This is in addition to the strategic priority areas for the 2017–2019 cycle. For the 2020–2022...

24 Jun 2020
OF INTEREST

Promoting and protecting human rights and gender equality is a strategic objective of the Global Fund. However, despite efforts to mainstream gender in tools and grants, too little attention is paid to it. Country dialogue and grant-related processes provide frameworks for involving gender specialists and...

24 Jun 2020
ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY

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In a bid to ensure citizens enjoy their right to health, most countries have adopted various measures, such as restrictions on movement, curfews, and lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19. However, there are human rights concerns regarding the manner in which some countries are implementing containment measures. The Global Fund has provided a guidance note to its grant implementers to ensure that they uphold human rights when combating COVID-19. However, even in Global Fund-supported countries, there are human rights concerns such as the excessive use of force and of humiliating punishments by the authorities, who claim that people are violating measures meant to contain the spread of the virus.

1: COMMENTARY

Promoting and protecting human rights and gender equality is a strategic objective of the Global Fund. However, despite efforts to mainstream gender in tools and grants, too little attention is paid to it. Country dialogue and grant-related processes provide frameworks for involving gender specialists and adolescent girls' and women's health care actors. However, certain prerequisites are necessary: training members of the Country Coordinating Mechanisms and disease programs, understanding local gender realities, and forming alliances with grassroots female civil society organizations.

2: ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY

In its second routine audit of Global Fund grants in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found significant challenges in the TB and HIV responses. The audit found that the TB case detection rate was slowing down while new HIV infections and HIV-related deaths were on the rise, in contrast to global trends.

3: NEWS

The Office of the Inspector General has published its report on fraud, collusion, and non-compliant procurement in the Global Fund’s grants to Sierra Leone. Sub-recipients of the National AIDS Secretariat’s HIV grant contravened the contractual agreement when procuring vocational training and start-up-kits. They exceeded the procurement limit stipulated in their contracts. The Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s TB and malaria grants had irregular procurements, which resulted in grant overcharge. The Community Health Workers' training and allowances displayed irregularities which resulted in non-compliant expenditure worth $21 218. Also, the OIG noted oversight weaknesses on the part of the Fiscal Agent.

4: NEWS

Recent surveys by the Global Fund and the Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS Service Organizations show that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the delivery of HIV, TB and malaria services. The pandemic has also disrupted constituency engagement and the development of funding requests in Anglophone Africa. Countries need to devise new and innovative approaches to service delivery to ensure continued program implementation.

5: REPORT

The TRP has just issued a report that gives technical feedback on the first 45 funding requests submitted to the March window. The TRP welcomes the progress made with regard to RSSH and Human rights activities, but remains concerned about insufficient strategic orientations and the lack of long-term vision to ensure the sustainability of the GF's investments. The TRP requests that projects seek more ambitious outcomes in the light of increased allocations. This article analyzes the TRP's recommendations and places them in perspective with the challenges encountered in the field during the funding request development process.

6: NEWS

The office of the Inspector General has found the Grant Operating System of the Global Fund Secretariat to be “partially effective”.

7: NEWS

The Global Fund has added HIV testing, condom programming, and tuberculosis preventive treatment for people living with HIV to its HIV prevention strategic priority areas to receive matching funds for 2020–2022 cycle. This is in addition to the strategic priority areas for the 2017–2019 cycle. For the 2020–2022 cycle, the application for the matching funds is integrated in the main funding request, as opposed to separate requests during the 2017–2019 cycle.

8: OF INTEREST