UNICEF and the Global Fund announced on Tuesday that they signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to improve the health of mothers and children by working together to eliminate HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
The MOU was signed by Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. They agreed to coordinate investments in commodities to improve health and eliminate the deadly diseases.
"The Global Fund has helped expand access for millions of mothers and children to life-saving commodities that prevent and treat HIV, TB, and malaria," Lake said. "This new agreement will help governments integrate these critical investments with health services that support basic maternal, newborn, and child health. This integration will increase the effectiveness of both efforts and potentially save millions of lives."
The two groups will identify countries where investments could be coordinated better to provide basic health, such as iron, folic acid, tetanus vaccinations, syphilis screening and prenatal care, as well as antibiotics and rehydration salts to treat diarrheal disease.
UNICEF and the Global Fund will continue to work with governments to provide care and support for mothers and children.
"This partnership between UNICEF and the Global Fund strengthens what is already operating on the ground in many countries," Dybul said. "We have much further to go, and by working together we can achieve tremendous progress for women and children around the world."