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Global Fund Approves $866 Million to Fight AIDS, TB, Malaria

February 3, 2003

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria awarded $866 million to countries around the world Friday to help treat diseases that kill 15,000 people every day.

The grants to 60 countries will pay for AIDS drugs for 500,000 people in developing nations and care for 500,000 children orphaned by the disease, fund organizers said. The money also will be used to boost prevention campaigns.

The money will buy treated nets to protect 30 million African families from the mosquitoes that carry deadly malaria. It will also pay for 4 million doses of medicine to fight drug-resistant strains of malaria. The grants will treat 2 million TB patients over the next five years -- patients who otherwise would continue infecting others or die, the fund said in a statement.

Executive Director Richard Feachem said the new grants show that the fund is not only fighting diseases on the front lines but also "helping donors coordinate efforts, reduce waste and focus on achieving results."

The board hopes to distribute $1.5 billion this year -- and is calling for an additional $6.3 billion in donations to pay for grants during the next two years. The grants approved Friday will be administered mostly by non-governmental organizations and the private sector, the fund said.

They included $93.3 million to combat AIDS and malaria in Ethiopia, $26 million to support 150,000 AIDS orphans in Namibia, and $54 million to pay for government and community AIDS programs in Mozambique. The fund awarded $27 million in malaria grants to Sudan, approving a joint request made by the Sudanese government and southern rebels. Three Indian states received $39 million to fight TB and AIDS over two years.

At the last day of its three-day meeting, the board elected U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson as its president.

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Adapted from:
Associated Press
01.31.03; Clare Nullis

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.