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the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Issue 32 - 28 November 2013

Global Fund News Flash


Replenishment!

The Global Fund’s Fourth Replenishment is being launched at a gathering in Washington D.C. on 2-3 December, hosted by the U.S. government. The Replenishment will allow sustained funding over the 2104-2016 period, so that the Global Fund can plan ahead and effectively support programs that prevent, care for and treat people affected by HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

President Barack Obama will open the launch in a meeting at the White House, and his personal participation will highlight the United States commitment to global health and to the fight against three of the deadliest diseases in history. “We are tremendously grateful to the President for his leadership on this issue,” said Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund. Dybul expressed strong confidence that this year’s launch, with contributions from all over the world, will increase significantly over the US$9.2 billion that was pledged in October 2010, at the start in the previous three-year cycle.

This year’s Replenishment adopted a new and distinctive approach, identifying and relying on four pillars of support: Traditional donors, implementing partners, emerging economies, and the private sector. Thirteen presidents of African countries have acted as champions of the Replenishment over the past year. The money pledged for Replenishment meeting will support programs in countries that can save the lives of millions of people.

The Replenishment comes just a week after the Global Fund announced new results, showing increased momentum in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria. The results show that 6 million people are on antiretroviral therapy under programs supported by the Global Fund. There are 360 million insecticide-treated nets distributed by programs supported by the Global Fund, and 11 million new TB cases detected and treated. Commenting on the results, Dybul said: “If we can harness the funds needed, and reach the most vulnerable, we can be the generation that defeats AIDS TB and Malaria.”


Save the Date: When to Submit a Concept Note

The Global Fund’s new approach to funding is designed to make access to funding more flexible, more predictable and more responsive. Under the new funding model, countries may apply whenever it suits them best so that funding can be more aligned with national budgeting and fiscal cycles and with country-specific demands. How fast an applicant can move through the process of accessing funding will also depend on country-specific context. The most suitable time to access funding may be a good topic of discussion between applicants and a Fund Portfolio Manager for their country. The Global Fund has now identified nine funding windows over the next three years, with specific submission dates, and corresponding meeting dates for the Technical Review Panel:

2014

Funding window

1

2

3

4

Submission date

15 May

15 June

15 Aug

15 Oct

TRP review meeting

Week of 16 June

Late July

Late Sept

Late Nov

2015

Funding window

5

6

7

8

Submission date

15 Jan

15 April

15 Aug

15 Oct

TRP review meeting

Late Feb

Late May

Late Sept

Late Nov

2016

Funding window

 

9

 

Submission date

15 April

TRP review meeting

Late May

 

Talking About the New Funding Model

Last week, health officials from eight countries met in Lusaka, Zambia, to learn about the Global Fund’s new funding model so they can start making plans, surveys and program reviews on their way to drafting concept notes to seek funding. Officials from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Mozambique spent two days discussing health roadmaps and action plans. South Africa participated in an observer capacity. Zimbabwe, an early applicant of the new funding model, shared their experience with participants. “We are certain that the experience of Zimbabwe will inspire and motivate us as we also make our applications under this new model,” said Dr. Peter Mwaba, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Zambia.

Dr. Joseph Kasonde, Zambia’s Minister of Health, and Dr. Alex Coutinho, Executive Director of the Infectious Diseases Institute of Makerere Universtiy in Uganda, each gave a keynote address. “There is enough evidence to indicate that the Global Fund has made a global difference to the control of HIV and AIDS,” said Dr. Kasonde. “The new funding model is expected to be more flexible and more responsive to our needs. It also poses an excellent to opportunity to review the country’s experience to find the most appropriate and sustainable ways to finance the management of the three diseases.”

The countries represented at the meeting have implemented more than US$5 billion in Global Fund grants to support programs, making a tremendous difference in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria. In 2012, an estimated 360,000 HIV deaths have been averted with antiretrovirals in these programs. An estimated 100,000 infections were prevented through prevention of mother-to-child transmission. Zambia alone has been able to place 480,000 people on antiretrovirals, distributed 4.3 million insecticide-treated nets and detected and treated 57,000 cases of TB.

“The countries gathered here today have demonstrated what can be achieved when commitment, resources, and expertise align,” said Linden Morrison, Head of the High Impact Africa II Department at the Global Fund. “The new model aims to pay for greater impact, set more predictable funding, implement a more flexible application process, and open up the dialogue. It is up to us to make the new funding model work so that we can treat those infected and stop new infections,” concluded Morrison at the closing plenary. “We have ahead of us three key milestones: the Global Fund replenishment, the new funding model, and the MDGs. We have all we need to succeed and no reason to fail.”

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