Less than half of AIDS proposals submitted to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria make it to the tenth round, according to the fund’s Technical Review Panel, the body of experts that studies and considers funding requests.
The panel met recently to discuss proposals received by the fund. The list of accepted and rejected proposals will be released after the fund’s board meeting, slated for December 13-15, according to David Bryden of the blog “Science Speaks: HIV & TB News.”
Some 44 percent of HIV proposals submitted for round 10 were successful, while a number of southern African nations had their HIV proposals rejected, according to Bryden.
Proposals on combating tuberculosis from “several high burden countries” in Africa and Asia were also rejected, Bryden said.
“Many proposals failed to include comprehensive strategies for childhood TB diagnosis or management of pediatric cases.” the TRP said in its comments on the TB proposals. “A primary weakness in Round 10 proposals was the lack of clear rationale for the selection of laboratory diagnostics, the lack of strategic planning for the introduction of new diagnostics (for example, GeneXpert), and the fact that only a small number of applicants included diagnostic algorithms.”