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Round 8 of Global Fund Set to Begin March 1; See PHR's Guide for Developing Proposals

Cambridge, Mass - 02/29/2008

Round 8 of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria launches on March 1, 2008. The Global Fund permits applicants to seek support for health system strengthening actions that are necessary to overcome health system constraints to improved outcomes in combating any or all of its three priority diseases. Applicants should review the exact criteria in the Global Fund's Round 8 Guidelines for Proposals, which should be available on the Global Fund's website on March 1.

PHR strongly encourages countries to take advantage of this opportunity, using Round 8 to overcoming fundamental health system and human resource constraints to successful and sustained scale-up of HIV, TB, and malaria interventions, including as appropriate by using Round 8 to fund portions of national health workforce strategies. For more, see the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative call to action on Global Fund Round 8.

In 2007, PHR developed the Guide to Using Round 7 of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to Support Health Systems Strengthening. That Guide was developed as a technical guide for thinking about and developing proposals that include health system strengthening activities, and to help motivate countries to use the Global Fund to support such activities. Much of that Guide remains relevant to Round 8. While sections addressing the Global Fund Round 7 Guidelines for Proposals have been removed, please be sure to carefully review the Round 8 Guidelines for Proposals and ensure that your proposal fully conforms to those current Guidelines.

See PHR's Guide to Using Round 7 of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to Support Health Systems Strengthening, adapted in February 2008 for Round 8 of the Global Fund.

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