Ethiopia, a step closer to achieving 2 health goals

Ethiopian children affected by HIV and AIDS. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria gave a $310 million grant to fund HIV and AIDS interventions in Ethiopia. Photo by: Anne-Sofie Helms / Save the Children / CC BY-NC-ND

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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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.