Situation analysis of the response to HIV, TB and Malaria in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic in countries financed by the Global Fund in Latin America
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF), under WHO leadership put into practice its experience working with partners and governments in more than one hundred countries, providing guides, tools, and immediate funding for more than USD 1 billion to help them respond to COVID-19 and mitigate the impact it could have on the lives of people, mainly those affected by HIV, TB and malaria.
The GF issued guidelines for flexibility in the execution of grants, which allow the use of 5% of existing grants, and created a Response Mechanism to COVID – 19 (C19RM), through which countries could access funding to mitigate its impact on HIV, TB and malaria programs and make urgent global improvements in health and community systems. 13 countries in Latin America and the Hispanic Caribbean are currently receiving funding from the GF and were eligible for additional resources to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
The LAC Platform and ICASO set out to identify how these resources have been used in the different countries, with emphasis on community responses, to share lessons learned and good practices with different actors in the region and identify gaps in the response. To achieve this, a literature review and a series of interviews were carried out with key actors related to these processes, with emphasis on CSOs and principal recipients (PR).