Global Fund Provides Aid that Works - Houston Chronicle

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The organization's progress in Africa is proof that aid works, according to a Houston Chronicle editorial. Photo by: Genc B. Kastrati / CC BY-NC-SA Genc B. KastratiCC BY-NC-SA

Advances made by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in sub-Saharan Africa show that success is possible in a region that appears too broken to fix, the Houston Chronicle says in an editorial.

As the Global Fund’s replenishment conference approaches, the newspaper is joining calls urging U.S. President Barack Obama to pledge USD2 billion to the organization for the next three years.

Houston Chronicle says the Global Fund is an example of aid that works.

“To us, the Global Fund seems like the best kind of nation-building,” the editorial reads. “Instead of imposing a cookie-cutter pattern on wildly different countries, the fund requests proposals for disease-fighting programs, then awards continuing grants based on results. In the 144 countries that the Global Fund serves, that bottom-up model has shown significant results against all three diseases.”

It adds that in countries like Malawi, the Global Fund has helped to successfully reduce the number of AIDS-related deaths.

“For the sake of a stable world, places like Malawi don’t just need foreign aid. They need foreign aid that works,” Houston Chronicle concludes.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.