COVID-19 poses a serious threat to health systems worldwide, but particularly in countries where health systems are least developed. The Global Fund has a vital role to play in supporting countries that implement Global Fund-financed programs with their response to the pandemic, while maintaining its focus in continuing the fight against HIV, TB and malaria.
Our questions and answers document shares details on funding and flexibilities during the pandemic:
The Global Fund is supporting countries as they – while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic – continue to deliver impact through existing grants, develop quality new grants for the 2020-2022 allocation period and strengthen health systems. We make this available through:
Grant flexibilities allow countries with current Global Fund grants to meet immediate COVID-19 response demands by:
Activities include, but are not limited to, epidemic preparedness assessment, laboratory testing, sample transportation, use of surveillance infrastructure, infection control in health facilities, and information campaigns. Repurposing equipment already purchased through a Global Fund grant is also an option to respond to COVID-19.
Up to US$500 million is available through these grant savings and reprogramming, in addition to the funding available through the COVID-19 Response Mechanism.
As part of the Global Fund’s support to resilient and sustainable systems for health, adjustments to guidelines and other flexibilities are available in certain processes to enable a rapid response to the challenge posed by COVID-19. Countries are encouraged to discuss flexibilities with their Country Teams.