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.
Whether a country or region is eligible for Global Fund support is determined by the Eligibility Policy and documented in the Eligibility List.
The Eligibility Policy establishes criteria to identify countries and disease programs (HIV, TB or malaria) that are eligible to receive an allocation. The 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.
The Eligibility List is published on an annual basis. The 2018 Eligibility List does not impact allocation funding during the 2017-2019 period. The next allocation is expected to take place at the end of 2019, for the 2020-2022 period. A country component would need to be eligible on the 2020 Eligibility List in order to be considered for an allocation in the next funding cycle, noting that eligibility does not guarantee an allocation. If a country has no eligible programs, 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.