Major staff changes expected at Global Fund

The headquarters of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by: Genc B. Kastrati / CC BY-NC-SA

More than 100 positions at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are set to be cut as part of a restructuring process that is also expected to focus funding on 20 countries.

Final details about the restructuring will be announced at the Global Fund board’s 26th meeting in Geneva May 10-11. But spokesperson Veronique Taveau has hinted at how the reform process will affect staff arrangements at the fund.

“The reorganization process is nearing completion and we estimate that between 110 and 120 people will leave the Global Fund,” Taveau said, according to Agence France-Presse. “Some of them decided to leave, while others were unsuccessful in finding new positions within the organization.”

Meanwhile, Reuters reports the Global Fund is also set to tighten its focus on “high-impact countries.” This means the Global Fund will spend more of its resources — some $3 billion over the next two years — on 20 countries with the highest burden of AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, the news agency says. These include Nigeria, India, Indonesia, China and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This reorganization is part of ongoing reforms that aim to strengthen the Global Fund’s financial oversight and grant management capacity.

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