The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced a total of US $471 million for malaria control over the next two years - the largest amount approved for malaria control in a single round of grant-making.
Today, during the first day of its fourteenth board meeting held in Kunming, China, the Global Fund board in total approved 73 Round 7 grants that will cost $1,119 million over the first two years and $2,762 m. over five years. As a result of recent new pledges, the Fund has sufficient money to pay for all grants that were recommended by the Technical Review Panel.
Successful countries include Angola, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guyana, Iran, Lao, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Pakistan, Sao Tome, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia, with 62% of eligible malaria proposals recommended for funding. Of the total amount recommended for Round 7 for all three diseases (US$1,119 billion), grants for malaria represent 42% (28 approved malaria proposals out of the 45 reviewed).
“This is an excellent result and a great relief, as it gives countries the opportunity to think about longer term planning to scale up their programmes” said Sylvia Meek, Technical Director of the UK-based Malaria Consortium.
“We are seeing the result of increased efforts and experience of national teams with technical support to countries led by Roll Back Malaria and WHO leading to high quality proposals. At the same time intensified advocacy efforts are ensuring the funds meet the demand. These include targeting Europe with initiatives such as the European Alliance Against Malaria determined to step up the fight against an entirely preventable and treatable killer.”
For Global Fund press release see http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/media_center/press/pr_071112.asp