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Burundi crisis demonstrates need for flexible health systems

10 Jul 2015
No stock-outs reported but extent of defaulting on treatment as yet unknown

Violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Burundi sent tens of thousands of people fleeing both inside and beyond the borders of the central African state. These displacements were only one consequence of the crisis in the capital that stretched the capacity of an already-strapped health system: demonstrating a need for flexibility in resourcing in so-called challenging operating environments.

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Global input sought in development of strategic plan to stop TB

18 Jun 2015
The online consultation follows a similar effort launched to solicit greater input into the global HIV strategy

Stakeholders from around the world are being encouraged to add their voices, lessons learned and challenges to a global consultation carried out virtually by the Stop TB Partnership to inform the development of its strategic plan for 2016-2020.

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Mozambique's drive to control malaria puts collaboration at its core

27 May 2015

Mozambique, where malaria is nationally endemic and still a major driver of mortality especially among children, is a good example of how collaboration between government, civil society and the private sector can contribute to an effective response to the disease.

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New platform for reports of human rights violations in Global Fund programs launched

5 May 2015
A first response to complaints will be made within 48 hours

Interested parties will now be able to report alleged human rights violations or infringements occurring in programs or activities supported by the Global Fund using a new complaints mechanism launched by the Global Fund on 27 April.

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The missing middle: harm reduction in East Africa

4 May 2015

At around 11:30 every morning, Chiku begins her work day. Carefully gathering her syringes and needles, she'll work steadily preparing doses for her clients -- all of whom wait inside her tin-roofed shack in the slum known as Nigeria: one of Nairobi, Kenya's toughest neighborhoods. The money she earns will be enough to pay her rent, and feed her own heroin habit.

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Eastern Europe and Central Asia moving forward in NFM process

15 Apr 2015
A round-up of where most of the 16 countries are

Sixteen Eastern European and Central Asian countries (EECA) will submit a total of 27 concept notes to the Global Fund under the new funding model, to access their share of the $659 million allocated to the region. For some of these countries, this is likely to be their last allocation of Fund grants as they transition out of eligibility towards state-funded programs for the fight against HIV and TB.

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Incentive funding awards reduced to find money to cover gaps in countries with shortened grant durations, TRP says

1 Apr 2015
Because of the gaps, will the Fund have any resources to finance unfunded quality demand?

According to the Technical Review Panel (TRP), incentive funding recommendations for components submitted in Window 4 were reduced because the Secretariat “saw no other option to cover gaps for countries with shortened grant durations”. The gaps refer to the period between the end of the shortened grants and December 2017, after which funding from the next replenishment should become available.

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Progress reported on community, rights and gender initiatives

31 Mar 2015
Work started on obtaining key population size estimates in 16 countries

The Global Fund provided an update on its implementation of the $15 million Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Special Initiative: technical assistance to improve civil society participation in country dialogue and concept note development, and support for long-term capacity development of civil society networks.

The CRG special initiative has three components:

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In Morocco, inspiring others with harm reduction work among injecting drug users

12 Mar 2015
The country is a regional role model for an innovative approach to the twin threat of HIV infection and intravenous drug use

Just a glance at a map is enough to determine why Morocco is in the throes of an epidemic of injecting drug use. Sitting at the gates of Europe, its northern-most cities of Tangier, Tetouan and Nador are but a stone's throw from the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla: the crossroads of the African migration routes where all kinds of trafficking occur.

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Morocco's open campaign against a secret epidemic starts with diagnosis

27 Oct 2014
Finding the estimated 20,000 people who are unknowing carriers of HIV is the key to containing the epidemic

Objectively, Morocco's HIV indicators paint a relatively reassuring picture of a country only grazed lightly by an epidemic that has had ruinous consequences elsewhere in Africa.

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