Eligibility for Global Fund support takes into account the health and economic landscape of countries and regions in order to optimize the investment of financial resources.
The Global Fund’s Eligibility Policy is designed to ensure available resources are allocated to countries with the highest disease burden and lowest economic capacity, as well as to key and vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by the three diseases. Eligibility is determined by a country’s income classification, as measured by gross national income (GNI) per capita (World Bank Atlas Method), and official disease burden classification.
Allocations are made once every three years. The Global Fund 2017 Eligibility List identifies which country components (HIV, tuberculosis or malaria) may be eligible to receive an allocation for the 2017-2019 period, noting that eligibility does not guarantee an allocation. If a country has no eligible components, it does not appear on the list.
The Global Fund proactively supports countries in planning for the sustainability of programs and successful transitions from Global Fund support. This is in order to maintain and accelerate gains against the three diseases.
A successful transition takes preparation and time. Therefore, all upper-middle income countries regardless of disease burden and all lower-middle income country components with low or moderate disease burden, should begin or build upon transition preparations during the 2017-2019 period.
To support advanced planning, the Global Fund has produced a list of country components projected to transition fully from Global Fund financing by 2025 due to improvements in income classification and based on current eligibility criteria. These projections are not intended as binding determinations or statements of Global Fund policy, and are only provided as an additional resource to assist countries in preparing for transition.