As it does for each round of funding, the Technical Review Panel (TRP) has identified a number of issues with respect to the Round 7 applications and review process, and has made several recommendations to the Global Fund (and others) that could lead to changes in future rounds.
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Health Systems Strengthening
The Global Fund Board yesterday concluded a two-day meeting in Kunming, China. This was the first board meeting chaired by Rajat Gupta, former CEO of McKinsey & Co., and the first attended by Michel Kazatchkine since he settled in as the new Executive Director.
Key decisions made by the Global Fund Board at the meeting that ended yesterday were, in chronological order, as follows. (For precise wording of what the Board agreed, check in www.theglobalfund.org/en/files/boardmeeting16/GF-BM16-Decisions.pdf for the Decision Points specified below.)
Physicians for Human Rights has released a Guide to Using Round 7 of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to Support Health Systems Strengthening. This is an extensively revised update to a health systems strengthening guide for Round 6.
The Global Fund announced its Fifth Call for Proposals on March 17, as agreed by the board last November.