Global Fund assures Tanzania of continued support

Tanzania must be celebrating right now after the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria assured the country of continued support for its programs.

The Global Fund has announced it will not finance new programs until 2014, but the organization said it will “continue to make major disbursements of funds to existing grant recipients in 140 countries,” one of them being Tanzania.

“Tanzania will not be affected by these changes. The Global Fund has not withdrawn from Tanzania and is not in the process of doing so,” Global Fund Communications Officer Marcela Rojo told TheCitizen via email.

The announcement means Tanzania will receive the remaining $213 million of the $943 million funding earmarked for its health projects, which include AIDS and tuberculosis treatments, and bed net distribution to families to protect them against malaria.

At present, Tanzania has eight grants under the Global Fund, and it can apply for up to two years of funding should these grants expire between January 1, 2012, and March 31, 2014.

“The Global Fund has $4 billion (about Sh6.8 trillion) held in its trustee account. Based on pledges from donors, it has or expects to receive resources enabling it to disburse more than $10 billion (about Sh17 trillion) from 2011 to 2013. This will cover all existing grant programmes and all grants under Round 10 which are in the process of being signed,” Rojo said.

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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.