Editor's Note: In the session on "The Global Fund: The Next 5 Years" at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. on 26 July, Mireille Guigaz, Ambassador of France for the Fight Against HIV and Communicable Diseases, and representative of France on the Global Fund Board, described what she saw as the opportunities, challenges and risks for the Fund.
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Global Fund Board
Report touches on several issues related to the OIG
Sub-committee says that imposing more and more requirements on implementers may cause some of them to "walk away"
Recommendations to be implemented with a goal of avoiding any increases in staffing or administration
Staff managing grants to spend considerably more time in-country
Consolidated Transformation Plan to be developed by November 2011
Several recommendations to be implemented immediately
A High Level Panel led by former President Mogae of Botswana and former US Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt has recommended in its report, released yesterday, that the Global Fund make some major changes in its structure and working methods.
Vice-Chair to serve as Interim Chair until new elections are held
On 16 August 2011, the Global Fund announced that Martin Dinham has resigned as Chair of the Global Fund Board "due to an unexpected deterioration in a long-standing health condition."
The Communities Delegation on the Global Fund Board, which represents communities living with HIV and TB, and affected by malaria, has issued a call for nominations for membership on the delegation. Membership would be for a three-year period, 2012-2014. The position is unpaid and requires a commitment of about eight hours per week (on average). The deadline for applications is Friday, 12 August at 15:00 GMT.
In August 2010, the Global Fund Board rejected a request for funding for Phase 2 of a Round 6 tuberculosis (TB) grant in Sri Lanka. This is the first time in more than three years that the Global Fund has declined to approve a Phase 2 request. Some Board members opposed the decision.
The Global Fund is making some changes to the way the Secretariat manages grants. A new "country team approach" is being adopted, initially in 13 countries, but it will encompass a further 29 countries by the second quarter of 2011.