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Global Fund grants struggle in context of de-dollarization reforms
Multi-country grant for Southern Africa receives $12 million
On 22 February 2019, the Global Fund Board approved one multi-country grant, one matching funds request and one set of interventions on the Unfunded Quality Demand (UQD) Register –– worth a total of $16.0 million. The Board was acting on the recommendations of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC). This was the 17th batch of approvals from the 2017–2019 allocations.
Independent research in Eastern and Southern Africa identifies opportunities to improve effectiveness of Global Fund processes
'Synthesis report' focuses on grants in Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe
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
Grants include a strong focus on interventions targeting key populations
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.
Group of donors express concern about the process for developing the funding request and the outcome; the CCM responds
As GFO reported a few weeks ago, Zimbabwe submitted a TB/HIV funding request for $629 million in Window 1 of the current funding cycle. The $629 million request consisted of $432 million that was within Zimbabwe’s allocation, and $197 million for a prioritized above-allocation request (PAAR).
The request has a strong focus on improving quality of care
On 20 March 2017, Zimbabwe submitted a TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund for $628.9 million. This includes an allocation request for $431.9 million and a prioritized above allocation request (PAAR) of $197 million. A separate funding request for malaria was submitted on the same day for $51.7 million.
An Office of the Inspector General investigation report on the awarding of contracts to the Mutambara Foundation in Zimbabwe reveals fraudulent activity
OIG puts reports produced by the Mutambara Foundation through plagiarism detection software and finds plagiarism
In November 2015, the Fund’s Sourcing Department (which is responsible for procurements carried out by the Global Fund Secretariat for its operational expenses), alerted the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to an anonymous email that alleged professional wrongdoing on the part of the Director of the Mutambara Foundation in Zimbabwe.
The country is yet to adopt the latest WHO treatment guidelines
Since entering the New Funding Model (NFM) as an early applicant in 2013, Zimbabwe has been a unique case for Global Fund investments. The country submitted a single HIV concept note in April 2013 (before integrated HIV/TB concept notes were encouraged), was granted $311.2 million, and began implementation in January 2014.
Internal controls and grant implementation rated as effective; improvements needed in service quality and supply chain management
Zimbabwe received a mixed report card in an audit performed by the Office of the Inspector General. The OIG rated internal controls and grant implementation arrangements as effective, but said that improvements were needed in supply chain management and the quality of services provided. A report on the audit was released on 13 July.
Elimination 8 (E8) has set the formidable target of full malaria elimination in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland by 2020. Termed the “frontline four”, these countries are nearing elimination of the disease after achieving a 75% decline between 2000 and 2012.