The TB funding request submitted by the Bangladesh CCM received positive reviews from the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC). The two grants emanating from the request were approved by the Board on 17 October. A total of $110.9 million was approved, reflecting the total TB allocation for Bangladesh of $97.9 million and an additional $13.0 million in catalytic matching funds.
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Bangladesh’s “ambitious, but realistic” TB funding request to the Global Fund receives positive reviews
Global Fund expresses concern over Benin’s plan to shift funds away from HIV and malaria towards an RSSH funding request
When it reviewed the funding requests from Benin, the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) and the Technical Review Panel (TRP) expressed serious concerns about what they perceived as gaps in Benin’s HIV and malaria programs – which, they said, were partly due to the decision of the country coordinating mechanism (CCM) to shift some of its allocation towards an RSSH funding request.
The original allocation for Benin was as follows:
The two TB/HIV grants to Malawi which the Board approved on 17 October do not differ significantly from the funding request, which was submitted on 20 March 2017. GFO detailed the contents of the request in an article in GFO 316 on 19 July.
Zimbabwe’s new Global Fund grants for TB/HIV are clearly aligned to the country’s epi profile and its national strategic plans, TRP says
In their recommendation to the Board on Zimbabwe’s TB/HIV funding request, the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grants Approvals Committee (GAC) commented favorably on Zimbabwe’s inclusion of interventions to address barriers related to human rights and gender, and its focus on key populations for HIV, TB and STI care and treatment.
According to the Secretariat, the Global Fund has provided funding in the amount of $378.2 million for 11 shortened grants from six countries to bridge them through to 31 December 2017. The funding comes from money made available through portfolio optimization.
At the end of June 2017, the Technical Review Panel (TRP) met to assess funding requests submitted to the Global Fund in Window 2 (23 May 2017). In this window, the TRP reviewed 54 funding requests, including 22 full reviews, 31 tailored requests and one iteration request. No program continuation requests were submitted in Window 2.
Kyrgyzstan’s program continuation funding request to the Global Fund provides little information on the proposed program
There is little information in the TB/HIV funding request submitted by the Kyrgyzstan country coordinating mechanism (CCM) on the program that the applicant proposes to implement. And there is almost no information on how Kyrgyzstan plans to cope with an allocation that is significantly lower than what it received for 2014-2016.
When people think about key populations in the context of the Global Fund, they tend to think about the ones that are mentioned most often – such as sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs, and men who have sex with men.
TRP review of Global Fund Window 1 funding requests: Technical lessons learned for malaria, TB and HIV
TB funding requests did not convey a sense of boldness, innovation or ambition in the setting of targets or in the design of interventions, to quickly “move the needle.” This was one of many technical lessons learned identified by the Technical Review Panel (TRP) in a debriefing document which describes the outcomes of its review of funding requests from Window 1 of the current funding cycle.