1. The Board recalls its decision of 17 July 2007 regarding the establishment of continuity of services arrangements for 2,300 patients in Togo following the expiration of the Togo Round 2 HIV grant (TOG-202-G01-H-00). These arrangements will expire in September 2008.
2. The Board understands that no alternative sources of funding have yet been secured to sustain treatment for these patients and that, unless funding can be secured rapidly, treatment availability for such patients is likely to be interrupted.
3. The Board decides to the extend the current continuity of services arrangements for the Togo Round 2 HIV grant and approves the use of existing grant funds to procure buffer stocks to cover continued treatment for 2,300 patients for a period of up to six months following the end of the current continuity of services arrangements (i.e. 31 March 2009).
4. The Board notes with appreciation the efforts of technical and bilateral partners, civil society and the government in preparing Togo's Round 8 application and urges the government to redouble its efforts and the Global Fund's partners to help contribute to meeting the country's urgent needs.