FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

The Global Fund approves new grants as part of new funding model

The board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria approved grants on Thursday for the first applicants that will participate in a new funding model.

The grants will be used to expand support for countries fighting AIDS, TB, and malaria. In total, $662 million is ready to be given for cause.

The new approach to funding uses greater predictability to improve interaction among partners and foster swifter implementation. This new funding model was made to make grants more effective and give them greater impact in hopes that more people can benefit from prevention, care and treatment of the diseases.

"Countries have been able to act quickly to get this new funding model started, and that's great news," Simon Bland, chair of the Global Fund board, said. "These first grants show how, by working with partners, we can reach more people facing these diseases and really move forward progress toward defeating them and removing them as threats to public health."

The grants approved range from an HIV-prevention program in Myanmar to building upon the gains in fighting HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe.

"The new funding model is dynamic and exciting," C. O. Onyebuchi Chukwu, minister of health in Nigeria, said. "It is welcome in the sense that it is flexible and makes for sustainability of programs based on country leadership and priorities."