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March 2020

Aidspan Board member and health economist Alan Whiteside recaps the brief, dramatic history of COVID-19, and compares the transmission of the newest coronavirus with the early days of the HIV epidemic. This article draws attention to the near-total lack, so far, of public-health guidance on interactions between...

22 Mar 2020
NEWS and ANALYSIS

With COVID-19 now present in more than 30 African countries, some of which are also managing high numbers of HIV and TB infections, it is unclear to what extent African countries’ health systems can cope with screening for COVID-19, containing it, and treating those who become severely ill with it. In addition,...

18 Mar 2020
NEWS

Malawi, Sierra Leone and Uganda are three African countries with varying disease burdens, Global Fund grant allocations, and operating environments. However, the state Principal Recipients, who manage most of the Global Fund grants in the three countries, face similar challenges spending their Global Fund...

18 Mar 2020
ANALYSIS

February 2020

This edition’s ‘Of Interest’ focuses on value-for-money resources for applicants to the Global Fund, the Global Fund and Friends of the Global Fund/Japan’s participation in the torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics, and the plenary lineup for AIDS 2020, announced by the International AIDS Society.

26 Feb 2020
OF INTEREST

Allocations for the next cycle will be the largest ever granted to recipient countries. The total amount available for country allocations for the 2020-2022 cycle is $12.71 billion, up 23% from the previous three-year period. This represents a substantial increase for West and Central Africa as the region will...

26 Feb 2020
ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY

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Aidspan Board member and health economist Alan Whiteside recaps the brief, dramatic history of COVID-19, and compares the transmission of the newest coronavirus with the early days of the HIV epidemic. This article draws attention to the near-total lack, so far, of public-health guidance on interactions between HIV and COVID-19, and between tuberculosis and COVID-19, in people who may become co-infected.

1: NEWS and ANALYSIS

With COVID-19 now present in more than 30 African countries, some of which are also managing high numbers of HIV and TB infections, it is unclear to what extent African countries’ health systems can cope with screening for COVID-19, containing it, and treating those who become severely ill with it. In addition, how COVID-19 interacts with HIV and TB in patients already living with those diseases is still an open question. This article includes links to several publicly available COVID-19 tools and resources.

2: NEWS

Countries in West and Central Africa, among others on the continent, are diverting enormous energy and resources into their efforts to contain the world’s newest coronavirus, COVID-19. This threatens the quality and timeliness of their applications for Global Fund funding in the 2020-2022 funding cycle. Might the Global Fund adjust the timing of its remaining grant application windows in 2020 to accommodate this?

3: NEWS and ANALYSIS

The Global Fund Board has allocated $43.3 million in additional funding for portfolio optimization to several Global Fund grants, including Kosovo (HIV/AIDS), the Middle East Response (integrated), Namibia (Malaria), Nigeria (Malaria), South Sudan (Tuberculosis), and Zambia (TB/HIV).

4: NEWS

Malawi, Sierra Leone and Uganda are three African countries with varying disease burdens, Global Fund grant allocations, and operating environments. However, the state Principal Recipients, who manage most of the Global Fund grants in the three countries, face similar challenges spending their Global Fund allocations fully. These challenges include lengthy government approval processes and capacity gaps within the implementers. This article explains some of the strategies the three countries have come up with to improve their absorption of funds.

5: ANALYSIS

The Global Fund requires annual audits of its grants, with countries’ own ‘supreme audit institutions’ (SAIs) as the preferred auditors of grants managed by state Principal Recipients. The supreme audit institutions of Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda are among the few SAIs that already conduct annual audits of Global Fund grants in sub-Saharan Africa. These three SAIs, however, vary in their external audit performance.  

6: ANALYSIS