The U.K. has announced a 100 million pounds (USD154.7 million) contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The amount is partial payment culled from the 1 billion pounds that the U.K. pledged to provide the fund until 2015.
The U.K. Department for International Development has also outlined the measures that will be supported by its funding. These include supporting the treatment of some 9,000 women living with HIV, providing 56,000 people with tuberculosis treatment and distributing insecticide sprays, drugs and bed nets to protect families against malaria, particularly in Kenya, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“By bringing forward this payment we’re wasting no time in getting life-saving program off the ground. We’re accelerating delivery because a delay will cost many lives,” U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell said in a DfID press release.
This announcement comes ahead of the release of the U.K. multilateral aid review’s findings. A report on the review is expected to be released in 2011. It will include a set of reforms that the U.K. will press the Global Fund to implement, news release said.
With the new payment, the U.K. has now handed over 460 million pounds out of its total commitment made in 2007.
Mitchell said the country plans to increase its support to the Global Fund after the completion of the multilateral aid review.
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