Our role in the global response
Given its role as the world’s largest multilateral investor in grants for health systems and its focus on fighting infectious diseases and strengthening health systems, the Global Fund is uniquely positioned to help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate the knock-on impact on HIV, TB and malaria. In alignment with WHO’s overall leadership and coordination of the global COVID-19 response, the Global Fund’s has adopted a four-pronged response to the pandemic:
- Adapt HIV, TB and malaria programs to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and safeguard progress
- Protect front-line health workers through the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) and training to front-line health staff, including community health workers
- Reinforce systems for health so they don’t collapse by supporting urgent enhancements, including to supply chains, laboratory networks and community-led response systems, and so they are ready to roll out treatments and vaccines once available
- Fight COVID-19 by supporting control and containment interventions, including testing, tracing and the support of isolation, communications and treatment (as therapeutics become available).