In the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria, we have seen that a united world, led by strong communities, can drive infectious diseases into retreat. The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis that requires a coordinated, collaborative response. Governments, private sector partners, civil society, scientists, health organizations and communities must all work together to save lives.
The Global Fund is providing immediate funding of more than US$1 billion to help countries fight COVID-19, mitigate the impact on lifesaving HIV, TB and malaria programs, and prevent fragile health systems from being overwhelmed.
Under strict lockdown and with soaring COVID-19 cases in India, outreach health workers are determined and continue to fulfill their mission of getting lifesaving HIV drugs to people living with the disease. Armed with special passes, they travel by ambulance, bicycle and on foot.
Working through fuel shortages, inflation and movement restrictions during COVID-19, the United Nations Development Programme procures and delivers essential HIV and TB medicines and supplies for Sudan’s most vulnerable. Through collaboration, quick action and support from the Global Fund partnership, thousands stay protected during the pandemic.
The Niger National Malaria Control Program is delivering 8 million mosquito nets to families in 44 health districts, with the support from partners including the Global Fund and Catholic Relief Services. Health workers delivered nets door to door, avoiding crowds at pick-up points to reduce risk of COVID-19 infection. Camels helped reach some of the most remote regions.
COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions on public transportation make it harder for many to get treatment. In Ukraine, the Global Fund is supporting an initiative organizing courier services to deliver medicines to the homes of people living with HIV.
In northern Uganda, COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions on transport are a barrier to accessing health services for mothers and pregnant women living with HIV, putting them and their babies at risk. Workers are building the capacity of health facilities to deliver antiretroviral treatment and health services door to door.
Through an innovative platform, health workers in Rwanda and Zambia have the tools to make informed decisions about health programs, match supply with demand, and monitor and fix potential disruptions during this critical period. The platform is a collaboration between the between the Global Fund, Zenysis Technologies and the ministries of health.
We asked community and civil society partners to share their experiences and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their stories about how, even in these challenging times, the fight continues.
Under the World Health Organization’s leadership, the Global Fund is using its experience working with partners and governments in more than 100 countries to coordinate our response on a massive global scale. The Global Fund’s response to the pandemic makes available more than US$1 billion through our COVID-19 Response Mechanism and grant flexibilities.
Published 09 September 2020