03 May 2010
Geneva - The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria confirmed on Friday the launch of its tenth call for proposals for 20 May 2010. This call is key for countries to continue making progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals.
Based on the Global Fund model of country-ownership, countries will present proposals that upon approval will receive support in the fight against the three diseases. The Global Fund requests that proposals are based on a comprehensive needs assessment – including efforts to scale up access to key prevention services for the three diseases through both public and non-public implementers.
“I am very pleased that the board has approved a new funding round as we have made tremendous progress in the fight against the diseases and now have a unique opportunity to have a lasting, unprecedented impact,” said Professor Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “Indeed, if we can continue scaling up successful programs and interventions, by 2015 we can dramatically reduce deaths from AIDS, prevent millions of new HIV infections, eliminate malaria as a public health problem in most malaria-endemic countries, and achieve further, significant declines in TB prevalence and mortality.”
Applicants may submit proposals until noon (CET) on 20 August 2010. The submitted proposals will first be screened for eligibility and completeness by the Global Fund Secretariat and will then be reviewed for technical merit by an independent panel of health experts (referred to as the “Technical Review Panel”), who will then recommend the selected applications to the Board.
The Global Fund Board is expected to approve successful applications for this Round in December 2010 at its 22nd Meeting; initially for a two-year period, with an option to renew funding for a second three-year phase if the programs achieve targets.
Global Fund rounds of proposals and approved funding have shown unprecedented growth in the past years with approved funding of US$ 1.1 billion in 2007, US$ 2.75 billion in 2008 and US$2.4 billion in 2009.