Global Fund and Tropical Disease Foundation Reach Settlement
20 November 2012
GENEVA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Tropical Disease Foundation, Inc. (TDF), a former principal recipient of Global Fund grants in the Philippines, have reached an amicable resolution of a dispute stemming from an audit by the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General in 2009.
The Foundation will be welcomed back as an implementer of Global Fund-supported health programs in the Philippines.
“This is a big step forward for the fight against tuberculosis in the Philippines,” said Gabriel Jaramillo, General Manager of the Global Fund. “The Tropical Disease Foundation is an acknowledged leader in tuberculosis research not only in the Philippines but in the region.”
Secretary Enrique Ona of the Department of Health of the Philippines also hailed the settlement and said: “The Global Fund is an essential partner of the Filipino people in their fight to wipe out TB. We thank the Global Fund for their continued support as we strive to reach Millennium Development Goal 6 and welcome the decision to re-engage TDF in business. ”
The Tropical Disease Foundation also expressed satisfaction with the outcome. The TDF Board, its officers and staff have issued this statement: “We are happy that our efforts all these years have borne fruit. The Foundation looks forward to working with the Global Fund again as well as with other donors for the benefit of our fellow Filipinos.”
The Philippines has the ninth highest tuberculosis burden in the world. The Global Fund to date has disbursed more than US$ 180 million for programs to fight TB, HIV/AIDS and malaria in the Philippines.