Two successful health programs in Ethiopia gained renewed support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The first grant worth $310 million will go to HIV and AIDS interventions, such as antiretroviral treatment and outreach programs aimed at preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission. It will also be used to establish a new fund that will help provide income for women and pay for infection-prevention materials.
The second grant, meanwhile, is for the country’s antimalarial program. A total of $114 million will be used to distribute new bed nets and fund health workers in rural areas, among others.
Both grants aim to achieve two goals: universal HIV treatment coverage and end of malaria deaths in Ethiopia by 2015.
“It is phenomenal how much [Ethiopia has] achieved, and how much more [it is] now aiming for,” Global Fund General Manager Gabriel Jaramillo said at the grants’ signing Thursday (July 19), according to a press release. Global Fund board chair Simon Bland and Ethiopian health minister Tedros Ghebreyesus were also present at the event.
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