Global fund endorses Malawi grant up to 2020: To fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

The Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) of the Global Fund has endorsed a grant proposal for the country’s programmes on tuberculosis (TB), HIV and Aids and malaria running up to 2020.

Namarika: This support will greatly assist Malawi

The Globe Fund has approved a grant  US$460,475,140 for Malawi towards the fight against HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the period of 1st January 2018 to 31st December, 2020.

The three-year grant will also cater for building resilient sustainable systems for health.

Secretary for Health, Dr. Dan Namarika says in statement seen by Nyasa Times that based on the Global Fund Board’s decision, Malawi had an allocated of US$450,475,140.

He says the amount was determined for all recipient countries primarily based on disease burden and income levels.

“An extra US$10,000,000 was added to the grant on condition that selected interventions on key areas be matched for the next period interventions hence the total of US$460,475,140,” he says.

These catalytic funds are spilt into two (i)adolescent girls and young (US$7,000,000) and (ii) data systems, data generation and data use (US$3000,000).

The grant follows the submission of the funding request proposal by the country through fund’s ultimate overseer, Global Fund Coordinating Committee.

Head of Global Fund Grants Divison, Mark Eddington is expected in the country on for the signing ceremony slated for November 9 at Bingu International Conference Centre in the capital Lilongwe.

Malawi’s HIV prevalence is one of the highest in the world, with 9.2% of the adult population (aged 15-64) living with HIV. It accounts for 4% of the total number of people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, according to UNAIDS.

The Global Fund is an international financing institution based in Geneva, Switzerland and with mandate to mobilise national and international resources to fight against HIV and Aids, TB and malaria. It also supports countries to strengthen their health systems.

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