WHO supports eastern European countries in securing funds to end TB and HIV

For low- and middle-income countries in eastern Europe, ensuring donor funding in addition to domestic resources is crucial to sustain efforts to end tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. However, applying for funds can be complex. WHO/Europe’s support in improving the quality of country applications, particularly to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, can make the difference in how these countries can tackle TB and HIV effectively.

After an online mock review exercise with WHO/Europe, Armenia and Belarus successfully passed the application screening for TB and HIV grants from the Global Fund. In these countries, multidrug-resistant TB reaches some of the highest levels in the world, and new HIV infections are increasing. Global Fund grants will help them scale up their responses to these epidemics.

Georgia, Kosovo (in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 [1999]), Romania and Serbia also improved their funding applications for TB and HIV with support from WHO/Europe in a mock review workshop in March 2018. All have increasing numbers of TB and HIV infections and are depending on donor funding. Submitting a quality application is therefore crucial.

WHO’s collaboration with the Global Fund

WHO has been engaged in the Global Fund partnership since its inception, providing support to countries to improve their applications and assisting them to implement and monitor the results obtained using the grants.

The Global Fund is a key financing mechanism and one of the major sources of funding aimed at preventing and treating HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, and at strengthening health systems in low- and middle-income countries to address these 3 diseases.

The process of developing applications for the Global Fund is complex. It involves key national stakeholders and development partners in putting together the country’s application package based on a country-led needs analysis. With the new funding model of the Global Fund, countries benefit from intensified support during the preparatory work for developing a funding application.

Through the mock review exercises, WHO/Europe provides additional support to those in-country processes both through face-to-face workshops and through online assistance. The mock reviews gather countries and technical experts to work together to improve the quality of the draft applications and increase the chances for success.