London, 25 March: Some 40 donors, including rich states, private companies and charity foundations met in The Hague, Belgium to discuss the issue, and donors will make their contributions known at a pledging conference in New York in October to be chaired by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. At the meeting, the Global Fund sketched several possible funding scenarios to donors for its next budget period, including:
• a minimum budget of 13 billion dollars, allowing continued funding for existing programmes but a significant reduction of funding for new projects; and
• a 20 billion dollar budget, allowing for a considerable enhancement of new programmes.
The Global Fund has made significant strides in malaria prevention through its work to date. It has distributed 104 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets for malaria prevention in malaria endemic countries, committing a total of $19.3 billion to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria across 144 countries since it began.
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