Coming Soon: Global Fund Round 10
Significant opportunity for Human Resources for Health / Health Systems Strengthening investments
18 March 2010 | The launch of the next round of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria nears, and with it, a significant opportunity to secure additional funding for human resources for health (HRH) and system-wide health system strengthening (HSS) efforts. Round 10 of the Global Fund is expected to be launched in May 2010 (check the Global Fund website for updates on timing - link provided below).
The Global Fund enables – and indeed encourages – countries to apply not only for funding for its three priority diseases, but also for cross-cutting HSS activities that contribute to improving health outcomes for at least two of the diseases – activities that can contribute to the health system overall. In Round 8, at least 25 countries successfully applied for funding totalling in US$286 million over the first two years of the five year grants. In Round 9, at least 17 countries were successful in proposals that included significant cross-cutting HSS activities, worth US$363 million over the first two years of the grants (see examples under related links).
Activities to strengthen the health workforce have been among the main health system actions for which countries have used the Global Fund. Countries have received funds to:
- expand capacity of health training institutions,
- provide health workers retention packages aligned with national policies,
- provide hardship allowances and rehabilitate rural housing,
- strengthen workplace safety,
- improve health workforce management,
- implement task-shifting policies,
- and more.
In preparation for Round 10, we recommend that HRH stakeholders engage one another and their country’s Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) to discuss how HRH and other health systems strengthening activities can be included in the Round 10 proposals. You can find names and contact information for your country’s CCM members through your country page on the Global Fund website.
In order to enable future HRH/HSS investments for countries by the Global Fund, we urge you to work with your health, finance, and foreign affairs ministries and presidents, prime ministers, and parliamentarians to send a clear message to the Global Fund donors. The Global Fund needs to be fully funded at US$20 billion for 2011-2013 in order to support countries in accelerating progress towards achieving the health Millennium Development Goals, including to effectively support the human resources' and health systems needs to reach these goals.