A two-day consultation on regional priorities for the next Global Fund funding cycle in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia has started today in Vilnius, Lithuania. The meeting gathered regional community networks, technical and financial partners, and representatives of the Global Fund Secretariat to discuss effective approaches to insure sustainability, transition of services and support of advocacy and community systems of key populations in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and shape priorities for the next Investment Framework of the Global Fund in the region.
The participants work together to compile recommendations for the Global Fund to consider when developing the 2018-2020 investment guidance. Both the Global Fund and key stakeholders are supposed to get a clearer sense how multi-country grants may add value during the 2017-2019 allocation period. This may include issues of questions of grant focus/content, as well as governance/collaboration structures.
"In recent years, the epidemiological situation in the region has not changed for the better. However the Global Fund is more strategic in approaching the issue of transition. Many of the governments began spending funds more cost-effectively, for example, they started purchasing drugs for more reasonable prices, the coordination improved. It is now important for us to realize what makes every regional grant unique, what should be kept in the future and what should not" - Tatiana Vinichenko, Portfolio Manager, the Global Fund.
Click here to download the consultation agenda.