Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Global Fund Could Spend US$ 616 Million over Two Years. (News)

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Global Fund Could Spend US$ 616 Million over Two Years. (News)

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In an extremely swift, three-month proposal and review process in part designed to impress donors and so ensure top-up funding, at the end of April the Board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) selected proposals from 31 countries for 40 action programmes in the three diseases of poverty.

The programmes will receive US$ 378 million over two years, with another 18 weaker proposals from 12 countries being "fast-tracked" for improvement and potential approval later.

Some countries such as Myanmar and Kenya (see adjacent story) have been surprised at their rejection, but difficulties in the initial allocations have been put down to countries needing more time to understand and follow the Fund's exacting requirements.

Anders Nordstrom, Interim Executive Director of the Global Fund, said "we prioritized high-quality proposals that were based on effective programmes and lessons learnt, and were developed by partnerships of governments, community organizations, people living with the diseases, and other groups."

Philippa Lawson of the Academy for Educational Development, member of the Global Fund Board representing people living with or affected by one of the three diseases, was impressed but gave a warning about the scale of the funding. "The Global Fund has raised more than US$ 2 billion in less than a year. This is a successful start, but the Fund needs far more resources to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria--millions of lives are at stake." UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in calling for the establishment of the Fund had been thinking of disbursing US$ 7-10 billion each year, some 20 times the Fund's committed spending.

Realistically, however, the next test for the Fund will be whether the 40 funded (and 18 to-be-funded) programmes really work. …

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