Seven countries – Botswana, Comoros, Djibouti, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania and Sri Lanka – took part in a workshop organised by the Country Regional Support Partnership Committee (CRSPC) of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria in Nairobi, Kenya from 17-19 January 2018. The Mock Technical Review Panel (TRP) workshops use a blend of expert feedback and peer review to assist countries in preparing their funding applications to the Global Fund, which provides over half of all international funding for malaria.
During the three-day event, participants discussed how to strengthen their proposals, for instance by integrating community rights and gender issues, and analysing previously submitted grants. Sri Lanka also briefed countries on their experience in malaria elimination.
Following the workshop, four countries – Botswana, Comoros, Djibouti and Madagascar – will submit their proposals to the Global Fund in February 2018 (window 4). Mali and Mauritania are expected to complete their national strategic plans and gap analyses in time for submission in April 2018 (window 5).
Sri Lanka will also be submitting its proposal at that time, which will support transition from Global Fund resources to domestic financing. The transition funds will focus on strengthening surveillance and response systems and prevention of reintroduction of malaria. Meanwhile, Botswana is applying for the transitional funding to strengthen surveillance, and increase community involvement and ownership in a bid to eliminate malaria by 2020.
The RBM Partnership to End Malaria has been organising Mock TRP workshops since 2007, supporting over 50 countries in their funding applications, thus securing approximately US$3 billion for the 2017-2019 allocation period alone. The success and impact of the Mock TRPs were highlighted as a best practice by an independent evaluation led by the Global Fund.