Nigeria and Global Fund Launch New Grants to Reinforce Progress against HIV, TB and Malaria

05 February 2024

ABUJA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund), the government of Nigeria and health partners came together today to sign eight new grants worth US$993 million. The new grants will support the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria while strengthening health systems and pandemic preparedness across the country over the 2024-2026 period.

The grant signing ceremony was hosted by Dr. Ali Pate, Minister for Health and Social Welfare and Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Chairman, and was attended by representatives from different ministries and government agencies as well as high-level representatives from the Nigerian federal government, Global Fund representatives, civil society organizations, in-country partners, UN partners, and representatives from the U.S. government and from the French embassy in Nigeria.

“I am delighted to take this opportunity to appreciate the Global Fund’s continued support to Nigeria,” said Ms. Kachallom Dajo, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health. “The HIV, TB and malaria allocations for Nigeria have been adjusted upward to better account for the burden and needs of key and vulnerable populations. The increased allocation also aims to address the critical service coverage gaps among pregnant women, children, adolescents, and key populations.”

“Our partnership with Nigeria has enabled impressive successes in the fight against HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria over the years,” said Jean-Thomas Nouboussi, Global Fund grant portfolio manager for Nigeria. “The new grants will support our progress towards ending the three diseases in the country.”

Nigeria is the Global Fund’s largest investment portfolio, with over US$4.8 billion invested in the country since 2002, including US$1.2 billion in the previous cycle, and the new grants signed today.

With support from donors and partners, Nigeria has continued to make solid progress in the fight against the three diseases. Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Global Fund-supported programs, significant results were achieved in the fight against HIV between 2021 and 2023: 90% of people living with HIV know their status, 98% of those who know their HIV-positive status are on treatment, and 95% of those on treatment have a suppressed viral load. Since 2012, new HIV infections have decreased by 28%. On the TB front, treatment coverage rose from 24% to 40% between 2019 and 2021. Nigeria also made notable progress in malaria control, reducing the prevalence of the disease by almost 50% between 2010 and 2018.