Global Fund [to 18 July 2015]

Global Fund [to 18 July 2015]

:: Ethiopia Moves Forward with Major New Grants
16 July 2015
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The Government of Ethiopia and the Global Fund partnership today signed four new grants for US$551.6 million to fight HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria and to build resilient and sustainable systems for health.
The financial resources provided through the Global Fund come from many sources and partners, represented today by the UK Department for International Development, the European Union, the Italian Development Cooperation, the United States, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and WHO, among others.
“With a focus on equity and quality, going forward, Global Fund resources will be used, as in the past, to fulfil our vision for healthy, productive and prosperous Ethiopians… a population free of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis,” said Kesetebirhan Admasu, Ethiopia’s Minister of Health…

:: Linking Health and Education
15 July 2015
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Global development partners meeting at the Financing for Development conference today called for stronger linkages between investments in health and education in low- and middle-income countries.
In an event, co-hosted by the governments of Ethiopia and the United States together with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNAIDS and the Global Partnership on Education, participants called for ambitious investments that strive for a world where everyone has access to quality health and education…

:: Results Show Strong Progress Against HIV, TB and Malaria
15 July 2015
GENEVA – As world leaders met in Addis Ababa to discuss financing for the Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Fund announced mid-year results that demonstrate strong progress against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
The results show that 8.1 million people are receiving antiretroviral treatment for HIV through programs supported by Global Fund grants, a 22 percent increase since the same time last year.
For malaria, 548 million mosquito nets have been distributed to protect children and families from the disease, an annual increase of 32 percent. The number of tuberculosis cases detected and treated increased by 11 percent, with 13.2 million people assisted.
The Global Fund partnership values the strong contributions to these results made by governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by HIV, TB and malaria.
Other key results of Global Fund-supported programs include:
:: A 55 percent increase in the number of people treated for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, rising to 210,000 treatments.
:: A 20 percent increase in the number of HIV-positive pregnant women receiving medication to prevent transmission to their child, or 3.1 million women.
:: The number of people receiving counselling and testing for HIV increased by 18 percent, to 423 million.
:: The number of tuberculosis cases successfully treated increased 12 percent to 10.7 million, while the number of malaria cases treated was up 19 percent to 515 million…

:: Accelerating Domestic Investments in Health
13 July 2015
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Efforts to increase domestic investment in health programs have taken a prominent spot at the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week.
African leaders, including Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, addressed a session today focused on the need to invest more in health, attended by Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair of the Africa Union Commission, and others.
“African countries must find more ways to invest more into health,” said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. “This is fundamental. The transformation of our economies and our countries will never be complete without claiming victory over diseases.”…