Swaziland Applies for $48.5M Global Fund Grant, Selects Preferred Suppliers for Antiretroviral Drug Program
April 30, 2004
Officials on Wednesday announced that Swaziland has applied for a five-year, $48.5 million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and has selected preferred drug suppliers for its antiretroviral drug program, Reuters reports (Reuters, 4/28). U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis last month announced that the country recently surpassed Botswana as having the world's highest HIV/AIDS prevalence (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/22). The country's HIV prevalence has reached 38.8%, according to U.N. estimates (Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/29). The grant request -- which is being considered with fourth-round grant proposals that the Global Fund is expected to announce in June -- would include $7 million for the first year, officials said, according to Reuters. The funding would be used to provide home care for HIV-positive people, as well as health education and HIV prevention programs (Reuters, 4/28). In addition, the government plans to target HIV prevention education for orphans and people under age 18 through team sports, life-skills training, health intervention and theater and arts programs. "One of the most vulnerable groups is out-of-school youth. They are poor and hard to reach. They don't read newspapers or listen to the radio," National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS Director Derek Von Wissell said, adding, "But worse, they have no vision of ... where they want to go in life."
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