FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Global Fund announces new grants in Mali for TB and malaria treatment

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced the finalization on Wednesday of two grant agreements with Mali for TB and malaria treatment.

The grant agreements, worth approximately $64.1 million, will make major improvements to health services access and treatment delivery for tens of thousands of people. The Global Fund announced the grants during a high-level donor conference in Brussels, which was co-chaired by Mali, the European Union and France for the discussion and coordination of aid for Mali.

"I would like to reiterate the Global Fund's commitment to remaining in Mali in order to serve that country's populations," Lelio Marmora, the Global Fund's head of Africa and the Middle East, said. "The commitment and good governance of the Malian government will be crucial to the success of these programs."

The approximately $55.15 million malaria grant was signed with Population Services International and the approximately $8.98 million TB grant will soon be signed with Catholic Relief Services. The grants will allow for the the distribution of 4.9 million insecticide-treated nets, the purchase of four million malaria treatments and the treatment of 15,000 TB patients.

The grants, which will last two to three years, incorporate safeguards to prevent the mismanagement of funds.

In November, the Global Fund signed a grant agreement with the U.N. Development Program to resume full-scale HIV screening, treatment and prevention in Mali. The grant, worth approximately $74.4 million, was meant to help the approximately 50,000 people in Mali living with HIV.