UNAIDS - 27 January 2012
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global
Fund). Through all these years, the Global Fund has made a
profound difference in saving millions of lives around the world.
It has created momentum and helped countries achieve results.
In the past decade, the Global Fund has approved more than US$
22.6 billion in grants to 150 countries. These grants are helping
countries provide 3.3 million people access to HIV treatment and
have ensured that more than one million pregnant women living
with HIV have had access to antiretroviral drugs to prevent the
transmission of HIV to their children.
Praising the work of the Global Fund to date, United Nations
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged business leaders at the World
Economic Forum in Davos, to continue to support the global
response against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
"For the first time, the number of people falling ill with
tuberculosis each year is declining. And malaria has been cut by
more than half in 43 countries," Mr Ban said during a dinner to
celebrate the 10th anniversary of the organization. "The Global
Fund has contributed to international efforts to scale up
prevention. And it has helped create a world where nearly seven
million people lived longer, healthier lives thanks to
antiretroviral treatment for HIV," added Mr Ban.
Investments that make a difference
Since the inception of the Global Fund, UNAIDS has stressed its
commitment and support. UNAIDS participates in Global Fund
processes at the global, regional and national levels, and works
to ensure that others, including partners from governments, civil
society and the private sector can do the same.
At the global level, UNAIDS supports the Global Fund with
strategic analysis, policy advice and technical expertise on AIDS
to make the money work and, ultimately, to save lives.
Commending the Global Fund in its 10th anniversary, UNAIDS
Executive Director Michel Sidibe highlighted the work of the
organization and specially the role of its Executive Director
Michel Kazatchkine in the remarkable progress achieved in the
AIDS response. "Michel Kazatchkine has led the Global Fund to
new heights," said Mr Sidibe. "Dr Kazatchkine's leadership has
been pivotal to the success we have seen in increasing access to
HIV prevention and treatment services worldwide."
In the last 10 years, UNAIDS has supported countries at all
stages of the Global Fund grant cycle, including in the
development of HIV grant proposals, the signing of grants, the
building of capacity around programme implementation, and on
monitoring and evaluation. Countries that have received UNAIDS
support in proposal development reported more than 70% success
compared to those that did not receive technical assistance from
In 2011 alone, UNAIDS assistance enabled countries to address
bottlenecks and release over US$600 million of blocked funds. In
closed collaboration with the Global Fund staff, UNAIDS provided
support to the national authorities (in more than 27 countries in
2011) and Principal Recipients to address major systemic
bottlenecks in implementation on a range of issues such as
stock-outs of ARVs and distribution challenges, strengthened
management capacities and strengthening active participation of
communities and people living with HIV.
However, the Global Fund is facing a shortage of resources as a
consequence of the international financial crisis. The majority
of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa--the region most affected
by AIDS--depend on international aid to provide antiretroviral
treatment for people living with HIV. Countries faced a major
setback with the recent cancellation of Round 11 grants by the
UNAIDS is confident, that in the Global Fund's transition phase,
its transformation plan will help deliver further results. UNAIDS
will continue to work in partnership with countries and with the
Global Fund to reduce risks and ensure high-impact programmes
continue on the ground.
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