Feature story

Global Fund Round 11: UNAIDS support countries to strengthen proposals

19 August 2011

On 15 August 2011, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria launched its Round 11 call for proposals.

This latest round of funding comes at a critical time in the global AIDS response, as countries work towards scaling up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programmes and meeting the goals set out in the recently adopted 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS.

To support countries to submit high quality proposals, WHO and UNAIDS, in consultation with the other UNAIDS Cosponsors, have developed a resource kit for Global Fund Round 11 applications and a “toolkit for key populations proposals and for the targeted pool.”

“To maximize resources, countries need to be smarter in their investment choices,” said Tim Martineau, Director, Programme Effectiveness and Country Support Department, UNAIDS.  “This toolkit will help countries make strategic decisions that bring about more results and fill critical gaps in national AIDS responses.”

This toolkit will help countries make strategic decisions that yield tangible impact and fill critical gaps in national AIDS responses

Tim Martineau, Director, Programme Effectiveness and Country Support Department, UNAIDS

The resource kit includes technical briefs and reference materials on key thematic areas to complement the Global Fund guidance for proposal writing. A special Resource Kit web site organized by thematic areas has been created and can be accessed via the UNAIDS and WHO web sites.

“This toolkit will go a long way in addressing some of the uncertainties and questions in developing a winning Global Fund proposal,” said Derek Aryee, Chair of the Country Coordinating Mechanism in Ghana. 

Round 11 is an important opportunity for countries to consider key priority areas for inclusion in their proposals, including efforts to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV, addressing TB-HIV co-infection, strengthening services for key populations and efforts to strengthen community system interventions.

UNAIDS is working closely with countries as they prepare their applications. Support provided includes direct technical assistance and strategic information through UNAIDS country offices, together with peer and expert reviews of proposals prior to the submission deadline of 15 December 2011.

For more information on the Global Fund and Round 11 please visit http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/application.