16 October 2003
Chiang Mai – Meeting in Thailand, the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria approved $623 million in new two-year grants to programs fighting the three diseases. This brings the total amount approved by the Board after three proposal rounds to US$2.1 billion to 121* countries.
“In less than two years the Global Fund has become a leading force in the fight against these three deadly diseases,” said Tommy G. Thompson, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services and Chair of the Global Fund’s Board. “Working with its partners, the Global Fund is beginning to realize our commitment to prevention and treatment at a global scale.”
To cover the amount recommended for the third round of proposals, the Board committed to fully funding the round by deferring until January 2004 formal confirmation of a portion of proposals totaling $138 million out of the US$623 million. Almost all proposals require additional technical clarifications before funds are legally obligated.
In addition, the Board agreed to consider a fourth round of proposals for approval at its meeting in June 2004, with guidelines and proposal forms to be issued in January.
At the Board Meeting, people living with HIV and international partners, including the World Health Organization and UNAIDS, affirmed the health emergency arising from inadequate treatment of HIV. Donors and recipients affirmed the need to make new commitments quickly and agreed on a calendar for the next round.
“At this meeting, Members of the Board worked together towards a common vision of the Global Fund as a major instrument in the world’s fight against these diseases,” said Dr Richard Feachem, the Global Fund’s Executive Director. “Their concerns challenge us to do our work better, and to do more to help the millions in need of support. Agreement by the Board on fully funding Round 3 and quickly launching Round 4 is an important step forward.”
About 60% of the funds approved are targeted at HIV/AIDS, and about the same are destined for Africa. In total, 57% will be awarded to non-governmental partners, who work with governments as part of public-private partnerships called Country Coordinating Mechanisms that develop and submit proposals to the Global Fund. Over the lifetime of the programs (two years with the possibility of renewals for another three years based on performance), they will increase the number of people living with HIV on antiretrovirals by nearly 200,000 and allow for nearly 7 million people to access HIV voluntary counseling and testing services. 18 million insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria transmission will be purchased with the latest approved funds, and 760,000 treatments will be provided for tuberculosis.
In aggregate, the US$2.1 billion committed by the Global Fund to date is characterized as follows, with additional information available on the website:
By region: 60% Africa; 20% Asia, Middle East and North Africa; 11% Latin America and the Caribbean; and 9% Eastern Europe.
By disease: 60% HIV/AIDS; 23% malaria; and 17% tuberculosis (with some funds to joint disease proposals).
By expenditure target: 46% drugs & commodities; 25% human resources and training; 15 physical infrastructure; 5% monitoring & evaluation; 4% administrative costs; and 5% other.
By recipient: 50% government; 29% non-governmental and community-based organizations; 5% private sector; 4% faith-based organizations; 3% people living with the diseases; 3% academic institutions; 6% other.