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As for HIV pandemic, truck drivers at high risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 in East Africa
Protecting truck drivers from COVID-19 and HIV requires regional cooperation
The Global Fund Technical Review Panel praises innovative funding requests and worries about impact of COVID-19
Although the Secretariat and the Technical Review Panel have been responsive, the funding request process turned out to be challenging for the countries
The Technical Review Panel (TRP’s) has just completed its assessment of the funding requests submitted within the first window in March. It is sending notifications to the Secretariat’s country teams and the Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs). Due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, the TRP worked remotely to assess funding requests.
The Global Fund Secretariat published four guidance notes between 26 March and 7 April 2020. These notes provide information on how to adapt HIV, TB, malaria, and Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH) grant implementation in the context of COVID-19. Links to sources precede a highlight of each guidance note.
On prevention, the ‘demographic bulge’, and partnerships
Not eligible for Global Fund funding since 2016, Russia may regain eligibility for next allocation period and benefit from 'NGO Rule'
The region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) is the only region in the world where the HIV epidemic continues to grow, and Russia could be considered a driving force of the epidemic in the region.
OIG investigation in Zambia uncovers theft of health products from national medical stores between 2014 and 2016
“Zambia’s response to the losses has been exemplary” says Global Fund
In an investigation of Global Fund grants to Zambia, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has uncovered large-scale theft of a range of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria-related medical products from Zambia’s national medical stores.
The OIG’s investigation report was made public on April 26, 2018.
Challenges include stigma, discrimination and gender-based violence
The Global Fund Board recently approved a grant to civil society principal recipient (PR), Fundacion Centro de Informacion y Recursons para el Desarollo (CIRD), in Paraguay. The planned implementation period for the grant is 1 March 2018 to 28 February 2021.
Funding request identifies vulnerable groups for TB
Mainland Tanzania submitted a funding request for its HIV and TB components that resulted in the Global Fund Board approving three grants, including a TB/HIV grant to a civil society principal recipient (PR) –– AMREF Health Africa. The Ministry of Finance and Planning (MOFP) was awarded an HIV grant and a TB grant.
Global Fund grant will expand HIV prevention, care and treatment services for key populations in Guyana
Program continuation request outlined human rights and legal challenges
Among the batch of grants recently approved by the Board was an HIV grant to Guyana. The proposed timeframe for the grant was 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020. The principal recipient (PR) is the Ministry of Health, which also managed Guyana’s previous HIV grant.
Extensions to the Global Fund’s existing HIV and TB grants to Nigeria will be funded from the 2017–2019 allocations
GAC reports “widespread frustration” about the slow pace of impact of the TB grants
As mentioned elsewhere in this issue, the Board has approved 18-month costed extensions for two HIV and two TB grants to Nigeria.