The Secretariat has provided an update on Special Initiatives to the Strategy, Investment and Impact Committee and the Financial and Operational Performance Committee. The update has not been made public, but Aidspan has received permission to report on its contents.
In the last issue of GFO, Aidspan reported overall spending updates for the six special initiatives (see Table 1 of GFO article). This article provides more details on progress to date.
The Emergency Fund is set up to ensure continuity of essential HIV, TB, and malaria services which are at risk of interruption in situations such as conflicts, natural disasters, or other disease outbreaks. The $11.6 million committed to date for this special initiative has been granted to five countries: Liberia ($1.62 million), Sierra Leone ($1.63 million), Syria ($3.32 million), Nepal ($2.13 million), and Ukraine ($2.97 million).
The emergency funds for Liberia and Sierra Leone are for malaria prevention in the context of the Ebola crisis. In Liberia, the funds are dedicated to procuring 448,084 long-lasting insecticide treated nets to close the gap in the national campaign after the Ebola crisis altered the distribution strategy. In Sierra Leone, the support is for the country’s mass drug administration campaign, which aims to treat more than 2.3 million people in select chiefdoms with antimalarial drugs, regardless of their disease status. The objective of the drug campaign is to reduce Ebola transmission among malaria patients, which can happen if malaria fever is mistaken for early symptoms of Ebola and patients are quarantined together.
In Syria and Ukraine, the emergency funds are for HIV and TB service maintenance in the context of political instability. In Syria, support is provided for TB prevention among refugee populations, while in Ukraine funds are used for HIV service provision in areas affected by military conflict.
Lastly, the Emergency funds in Nepal are for responding to HIV in the aftermath of the April 2015 earthquake.
There are 15 pre-qualified implementers for the Emergency Fund. These are: the International Organization for Migration, Save the Children, the World Food Programme, UNICEF, World Vision, GIZ, the International Rescue Committee, UNDP, UNOPS, Plan International, Catholic Relief Services, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Population Services International, the International Medical Corps, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Community, rights and gender
In addition to this article, GFO has published two previous progress updates on the CRG special initiative (in March and September 2015). Linking these three updates, Figure 1 below shows a timeline of progress for the provision of short-term technical assistance.
Figure 1: Progress over time on short-term TA provision through CRG Special Initiative
The Global Fund Secretariat has recently indicated that every TA assignment funded through the CRG special initiative has had a key populations focus. Many have also had scopes of work touching on human rights, community responses, youth, and gender.
Read more: An update on The Global Fund’s six special initiatives