The National Funding Model IV Global Fund Facility grant writing exercise kicked off in earnest last month and was currently in its third week by 6th February 2023. Spearheaded by the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Fund, the exercise is focused on addressing funding priorities for HIV, TB, Malaria, and Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH) for the period 2024-2026.
The grant writing exercise is currently taking place at Hotel Africana in Kampala. By the third week, the grant writing team was among others dealing with the identification of activities and costs under respective interventions.
The next stages of the exercise will include among others, the development of implementation mapping/narratives and putting together the supporting documents, which will include among others, draft performance frameworks with indicators such as outcomes, impact, coverage, and targets.
The team is expected to present the summary of their proposals to the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Fund on March 19th, 2023.
The exercise will play a key role in determining Global Fund allocations toward Uganda’s fight against HIV, TB and Malaria. Related funding support is also expected towards strengthening the country’s Health system. Uganda in partnership with the Global Fund has a lofty goal of ending HIV, TB and Malaria by 2030.
Earlier, participants in the grant writing exercise attended a national dialogue that included members of Civil Society, the Global Fund country team, the Funds Coordination Unit of the Global Fund Grants in Uganda, and the Ministry of Health among others.
Uganda was invited by the Global Fund to submit its HIV, TB, and Malaria applications for funding using the Tailored for National Strategic Plans (NSP) funding request.
Given the current challenging economic environment and limited available resources, the Global Fund recognizes the need to prioritize investments.
According to the Global Fund, in order to enhance effectiveness and performance, the Global Fund will support investments where the greatest impact can be achieved, including in health
and community systems, prevention, human rights, and gender equality, according to countries’ needs.
The expectation according to the Global Fund is that the funding request that will be submitted should be aligned with prioritized country needs and guided by relevant national disease strategic plans, national health sector and sub-sector plans and program reviews.
Uganda has contributed a total of US$3.08 million to the Global Fund to date. Uganda is both a donor to the Global Fund and an implementer of Global Fund-supported programs.