THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Global Fund partners with Cameroon to increase HIV treatment funding

Cameroon and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced on Wednesday that they are increasing their funding for anti-retroviral drugs in order to combat HIV.

The Global Fund approved a $20 million grant agreement for the HIV treatments. Cameroon will almost double its annual budget for anti-retroviral medicine purchases; the total amount will increase $11 million in 2013 to $20 million in 2014.

"This new funding from the Global Fund and from Cameroon is going to make a real difference," Lelio Marmora, the Global Fund's head for Africa and the Middle East, said. "We warmly welcome the government's strong initiative in helping to put the procurement and supply of antiretroviral medicines on a strong footing."

Cameroon's Health Minister, Andre Mama Fouda, and Marmora said they would also work together on a nationwide campaign in 2015 geared towards distributing up to 12 million insecticide-treated nets. In 2011, more than eight million nets were distributed in a similar campaign. These nets will be starting to wear out by the time the 2015 campaign begins.

"The Global Fund is strongly committed to supporting the net distribution campaign and will concentrate its resources and efforts on purchasing the long lasting nets, allowing Cameroon to distribute them throughout the country," Marmora said.