At the 39th Global Fund Board Meeting on the 9th May 2018 in Skopje, Macedonia, the Board the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) approved the new policy to enable the provision of support to non-eligible countries in crisis.

Decision Point GF/B39/DP04: Potential Engagement with Non-eligible Countries in Crisis

  1. The Board acknowledges that a health crisis may emerge in an ineligible non-high income country that could have an adverse impact on the global response against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and/or malaria, and that the health crisis may be of such a magnitude that the Global Fund should consider providing support; and

  2. Based on the recommendation of the Strategy Committee, the Board requests the Secretariat, in consultation with relevant partners, to present potential investment cases meeting the criteria described in GF/B39/03 – Revision 1 to the Strategy Committee for review and recommendation to the Board. Any such proposals shall also include options for how the proposed investment should be funded.

Budgetary implications: This decision is likely to have future budgetary implications for country funding and/or Secretariat OPEX, but the actual amounts will depend on the specific size of the crisis and potential response. These will be detailed in any proposals that result from this decision.

This is a result of joint advocacy efforts of constituencies on the Board of the Global Fund over the last two years as a result of the challenges and crisis faced by Venezuela, but is not intended to exclusively respond to the crisis in Venezuela.

More information on what the decision point means, and the next steps are included in the communication available in Spanish and English.