Compromise decision point on the launch of Round 5
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s ninth board meeting focuses on how increased investments can drive back the three pandemics in one of the world’s worst-affected regions.
In its opening session, the Board has heard the views of four East African presidents on the need for increased investments in health if these countries are to maintain economic growth and social development.
Since it was created in 2002, the Global Fund has approved proposals worth US$ 3 billion over two years to 314 grants in 128 countries. Of this, $570 million goes to the countries of the Lake Victoria Region. Board members have spent the previous four days visiting Global Fund-supported programs in Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.
The Global Fund Board consists of nine members representing donors and ten members representing countries and organizations eligible as recipients of Global Fund financing. In addition, there are four non-voting members, representing the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the World Bank and the Swiss government. The Board approves funding, the Global Fund’s budget and operational procedures, and sets overall policies.
On November 15th and 16th, the Kenyan Ministry of Health hosted a number of Global Fund Board members and Secretariat staff on visits to two districts and a variety of sites delivering prevention, care and treatment to Kenyan communities.
The group visited provincial, district and sub-district hospitals, clinics, voluntary counselling and testing centers, and a community dispensary. They also met a Positive Support Club for people living with HIV/AIDS, a family decimated by AIDS and a large group of students rallying at a school to get involved in interactive HIV prevention education.