LILONGWE (Muchanakhwaye Khwepeya, Malawi NewsNow )– Malawi and the Global Fund are strengthening their partnership by signing grants worth more than US$332 million, to expand treatment and prevention for HIV, TB and malaria and build resilient and sustainable systems for health .
This brings the total Global Fund commitment to Malawi to US$616 million from 2014-2017.
The financial resources provided through the Global Fund come from many sources and partners, represented at the signing ceremony today by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Ireland and Norway, as well as technical partners such as UNAIDS and WHO.
President Peter Mutharika who signed the grant said about 80 percent of the funds will be used to procure anti-retroviral drugs administered by the Ministry of Health while the rest will be administered by World Vision and ActionAid Malawi as principal recipients in civil society that have worked at grassroots level in Malawi for several decades..
Said Mutharika: “The grants signed here today will strengthen the Malawi government’s efforts against AIDS, malaria and TB. These diseases are leading causes of deaths, responsible for more than two in every five deaths. The grants will be key to achieving the national strategic plans for the disease control programs such as the 90-90-90 strategy for HIV and AIDS. They will be a major contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Investments through these grants will enable Malawi to provide HIV treatment for 745,000 patients by the end of 2017, which represents 70 percent of the people in need.
After a highly inclusive consultation process and renewed commitment, the two newly selected civil society organizations will implement the grants directly, strengthening the community-based response to the diseases.
“Partnership is at the center of what we do so it is very encouraging to see the wide array of partners that are here today, and that are working together to control the diseases in Malawi,” said Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund.
The HIV and TB grants total US$298 million and the malaria grants US$34 million. Malawi has also committed US$30 million of its domestic resources for procurement of health products and to strengthen health systems.
At the signing ceremony, United States of America Ambassador Virginia Palmer also announced a $27 million grant towards voluntary male medical circumcision as a way of reducing HIV infections.