Kenya Gets $70 Million HIV Grant From Global Fund
November 7, 2006
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria on Monday awarded Kenya a three-year, $70 million grant to bolster the country's antiretroviral (ARV) treatment program.
Though Kenya's AIDS prevalence dropped from 14 percent in 2000 to 6.9 percent this year, government statistics show an estimated 1.3 million Kenyans are HIV-infected. In June, President Mwai Kibaki promised the government would start providing free ARV treatment through the public health system.
Around 120,000 Kenyans are currently receiving ARVs through the program, but the supply is inadequate to meet the demands of the many people who live on less than $1 a day and cannot afford to buy the medicines in private hospitals.
The award represents the second phase of funding from the Global Fund, which ranks among the top three funders of AIDS programs worldwide. It follows up a three-year, $37 million grant that ended this year amid concerns that Kenya submitted audit documents too late to receive a final $10 million installment.
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.