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Information on Response to COVID-19 from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria
Dear Colleagues
I hope you are all safe , and your families are well. This serves to keep you updated on GF partnership with countries as we  increase our  fight  against Covid-19.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge us all and put progress against HIV, TB and malaria at risk, we must unite to fight. Prevention interventions, case finding, access to medicines, treatment adherence, human rights protections, community engagement and other important aspects of effective disease response must be maintained as we move forward. Since the onset of COVID-19, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria has acted in concert with global health partners to address these challenges. Comprehensive information on the Global Fund’s response to COVID-19, including our latest situation report, links to application materials for the COVID-19 Response Mechanism, and an updated Q&A document with details on the COVID-19 Response Mechanism, including eligibility, source of funds and the application process, can be found here:
https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/covid-19/

The following new information has become available since the last update provided on April 24, 2020.


Global Fund Resources for Countries to Combat COVID-19
As previously reported, the Global Fund has swiftly made resources available through new grant flexibilities allowing countries to use Global Fund grants for preparedness assessment, laboratory testing, sample transportation, infection control in health facilities, information campaigns and other essential aspects of their response. Requests have now been approved from 79 countries and 6 multi-country grants for a total of US$122 million (updated as of  May 12, 2020). The majority of all countries implementing Global Fund grants are now using the COVID-19 grant flexibilities. A full list can be found in the latest situation report.

The Global Fund is also bringing its well-established procurement system to the fight against COVID-19, co-leading the COVID-19 Supply Chain System Diagnostics Consortium along with UNICEF to negotiate pricing and procure molecular diagnostic tests for COVID-19 on behalf of countries and partners involved in the global response. We have also opened our innovative online sourcing portal, wambo.org, to all countries and organizations so they can access the same economies of scale the Global Fund has secured for its own partners.

Donors and partners can make additional contributions through the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Mechanism to shore up systems for health, respond to COVID-19, and mitigate the impact on HIV, TB and malaria programs. We are also working with private sector partners to identify pro-bono, pragmatic solutions to help low-income countries quickly strengthen their capacities to fight COVID-19, for example in terms of connectivity and technology.


Case Studies of Country Responses Using Global Fund Support

The situation report includes a series of short case studies of countries responding to COVID-19 using support from the Global Fund. The PDF is attached for easy reference. Additional stories and case studies will be added as available. Current examples include:

Burkina Faso - In the Sahel, where health systems have been severely weakened by the security and humanitarian crisis, the Global Fund worked with countries to support an early response to the pandemic. In Burkina Faso, 3.2 million euros were allocated to provide 15 new ventilators to equip emergency units, molecular tests and equipment to strengthen laboratory capacity, personal protection equipment—including masks and gloves — for 17,900 community health workers to support contact tracing and ensure the continuity of their activities during the crisis.

Mali - Using Global Fund funding, Mali has also deployed its force of community health workers and community actors to support case detection, screening and help populations avoid misdiagnosis. In Mopti, the upcoming net distribution campaign is underway with a tailored approach: a mix of a door-to-door distribution in urban areas and fixed distribution points in rural areas will be implemented, families will receive more mosquito nets to ensure universal coverage. Fixed points will be opened for multiple days to avoid crowds at pickup sites. Three additional regions will roll out their campaigns in June following the same modalities. The Global Fund is also exploring ways to support local production of masks and food distribution for the most vulnerable populations : sex workers, people who inject drugs, people living with HIV, children living in the streets, etc.

Uganda - In support of Uganda’s National COVID Preparedness Response Plan, the Global Fund is providing US$4,452,205 to fight COVID-19, shore up critical health systems, and ensure lifesaving HIV, TB and malaria programs continue. As part of the initial response, the Ugandan Ministry of Health has prioritized the purchase of personal protective equipment for health workers and diagnostic tests for COVID-19. Additionally, the Global Fund is coordinating through our main civil society organization partner to strengthen differentiated service delivery models for key populations and people living with HIV in Uganda.

See more countries here 


Coronavirus Global Response Pledging Event

On 4 May governments and organizations pledged €7.4 billion as part of the Coronavirus Global Response pledging marathon led by the European Commission, which runs until 23 May. These funds will be used to develop and deploy diagnostics, treatments and vaccines against COVID-19. Comprehensive information from the European Commission on the event and next steps, including a detailed press release, fact sheet, and Q&A document, can be found here:
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_797

The Global Fund is a co-convener with FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics) for the Diagnostics Partnership as part of the joint Access to COVID19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator to accelerate the development, production and equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics for COVID-19.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or information needs as we all work together to bring this crisis to an end while continuing our work to ensure continuity of lifesaving programs to end HIV, TB and malaria – diseases that still kill nearly 2.6 million people a year.

My sisters and brothers , the struggle continues , as we always say Aluta Continua!

Kindest regards
Sis Linda

Linda Mafu
Head, Political and Civil Society Advocacy Department
External Relations Division
T: +41 58 791 1525 | F: +41 58 791 1701 | M: +41 79 2486936

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