The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has released information notes on some of the recent changes in its financing processes and schedule, including for the newly established Transitional Funding Mechanism.
The TFM is an option offered by the Global Fund to existing grant recipients that face financing disruption between January 2012 and March 2014, which is the start of the organization’s new funding cycle. These countries can request the “minimum amount of funding” required to continue essential prevention, treatment and caring services at current scale, according to a document released Dec. 12 by the Global Fund.
The document also specifies that TFM applicants must establish there are no alternative sources of funds for their programs, including through reprogramming or from the domestic budget or other donors.
TFM applications will be scrutinized according to a country’s specific funding and epidemiological context, but requests to continue interventions that protect gains or progress, save lives and represent the best value in a resource-constrained environment will be prioritized, according to the document. It adds that requests to scale up interventions, continue activities that are not high-impact and introduce new activities would most likely be rejected.
The document says the TFM eligibility list will be based on World Bank income classifications as of July 2011, the latest disease burden data available and on the list of countries receiving aid from members of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
“G-20 upper-middle income countries with less than an extreme disease burden are not eligible to apply,” the document adds.
The information note also includes a timeline for the TFM that sets the following deadlines: March 31, 2012, for the submission of proposals, May 2012 for the screening process and July 2012 for the endorsement of initial recommendations from the Global Fund board. Following this schedule, board funding decisions are expected to be released between July 2012 and July 2013.
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