GAO Reports Examine PEPFAR Funding Allocation
The Government Accountability Office on Tuesday released two reports examining the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and funding decisions. One of the reports, titled "A More Country-Based Approach Could Improve Allocation of PEPFAR Funding," interviewed 22 HIV/AIDS experts, surveyed PEPFAR officials in the 15 focus countries and reviewed documentation to find alternative approaches to allocating funds and ascertaining the views of HIV/AIDS experts about such programs (Report summary , April 2008). For the second report, titled "Survey of PEPFAR Country Team Officials (GAO-08-534SP), an E-Supplement to GAO-08-480," researchers sent surveys to 41 U.S. officials implementing PEPFAR funding in the 15 focus countries. The survey was conducted to identify potential challenges to implementing an alternative approach to allocate funds for the next five-year phase of PEPFAR. Thirty-eight officials responded, including CDC's chief of party, USAID's health team leader and the PEPFAR coordinator in each of the 15 focus countries. The questions in the survey were intended to obtain information on country teams' experiences with setting targets, selecting interventions and using cost information (Report summary , April 2008).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.