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Global Fund board launches 10th call for proposal


THE Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria confirmed the launch of its 10th call for proposals for May 20, 2010. This call is key for countries to continue making progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

According to a statement from the Global Fund signed by its Media Officers, Andrew Hurst and Marcela Rojo, based on the Global Fund model of country-ownership, countries will present proposals that upon approval will receive support in the fight against the three diseases.

The Global Fund requests that proposals are based on a comprehensive needs assessment – including efforts to scale up access to key prevention services for the three diseases through both public and non-public implementers.

Executive Director of the Global Fund, Prof. Michel Kazatchkine, said: “I am very pleased that the board has approved a new funding round as we have made tremendous progress in the fight against the diseases and now have a unique opportunity to have a lasting, unprecedented impact.

“Indeed, if we can continue scaling up successful programmes and interventions, by 2015 we can dramatically reduce deaths from AIDS, prevent millions of new HIV infections, eliminate malaria as a public health problem in most malaria-endemic countries, and achieve further, significant declines in TB prevalence and mortality.”

Applicants may submit proposals until noon (CET) on August 20, 2010. The submitted proposals will first be screened for eligibility and completeness by the Global Fund Secretariat and will then be reviewed for technical merit by an independent panel of health experts (referred to as the “Technical Review Panel”), who will then recommend the selected applications to the Board.

The Global Fund Board is expected to approve successful applications for this Round in December 2010 at its 22nd Meeting; initially for a two-year period, with an option to renew funding for a second three-year phase if the programmes achieve targets.

Global Fund rounds of proposals and approved funding have shown unprecedented growth in the past years with approved funding of $ 1.1 billion in 2007, $2.75 billion in 2008 and $2.4 billion in 2009.

The Global Fund is a unique global public-private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities represents a new approach to international health financing. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organisations to supplement existing efforts dealing with the three diseases.

Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has become the dominant financier of programmes to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with approved funding of $19.3 billion in 144 countries. To date, programmes supported by the Global Fund have saved 4.9 million lives through providing AIDS treatment for 2.5 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for six million people and the distribution of 104 million insecticide-treated bed nets for the prevention of malaria.

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