TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Global Fund approves Phase II funding for Namibia malaria grant

The board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently approved Phase II funding for the second round of a malaria rolling continuation channel grant in Namibia.

The National Malaria Control Program of Namibia's Ministry of Health and Social Services will serve as the principal recipient of the grant. Phase II will target the populations deemed to be most at risk of malaria, including mobile populations and people living in border areas. The program will use community-based interventions in areas where the population has poor access to health services, Aidspan.org reports.

The Global Fund Secretariat said Phase I of the grant coincided with a significant decline in malaria disease burden. Between 2010 and 2011, the country experienced a 36 percent decline in malaria morbidity and a 20 percent drop in malaria mortality.

The grant renewals panel noted Phase I of the grant dealt with difficulties in grant signing delays, unmet conditions and delays in reimbursement. Only 36 percent of the grant was spent three-quarters of the way through the first phase.

The NMCP will refocus its malaria control activities in Phase II to transition the program to a pre-elimination phase, a strategy recommended by the World Health Organization. The program will conduct a mid-term review of the program by the end of 2013 and present a revised framework for the grant to the Global Fund at that time, according to Aidspan.org.