Response Mechanism

The COVID-19 Response Mechanism supports countries in responding to COVID-19, mitigating the impact on programs to fight HIV, TB and malaria, and initiating urgent improvements in health and community systems.

With an initial allocation of US$500 million, for countries with an allocation for 2020-2022 the COVID-19 Response Mechanism leverages the principle of country ownership and allows countries to request funding for control and containment, including laboratory networks, supply chains, and community-led responses. Funding from the response mechanism is in addition to the funding available through grant flexibilities.


Eligible programming supported by the COVID-19 Response Mechanism are:

  • Interventions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on HIV, TB and malaria disease programs
  • Actions to reinforce the response to COVID-19
  • Initiatives to make urgent improvements in health and community systems, including laboratory networks, supply chains and engagement with vulnerable communities


Countries with a Global Fund allocation for the 2020-2022 period can access an amount equivalent to up to 10% of their allocation. This ceiling includes the use of savings and reprogramming under existing grants. Funds accessed are incremental to a country’s 2020-2022 allocation. They are not deducted.

All funding requests must be coordinated and submitted by the Country Coordinating Mechanism. Current regional/multicountry implementers are also eligible for response mechanism support.

Details are in our application materials and questions and answers document:

Applicants are encouraged to submit their funding requests as soon as possible.

Approved funding

Our continuously updated report details approved COVID-19 response funding by country and multicountry program: