Tanzania Receives $157M From Global Fund for AIDS, Malaria Initiatives
The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has granted Tanzania $157.4 million to support HIV/AIDS and malaria initiatives in the country, the IPP Media/Guardian reports. Global Fund portfolio manager Linden Morrison and Tanzanian Finance Secretary Gray Mgonja on Friday signed the agreement in the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam. Of the $157.4 million, $54.2 million will be used to fight malaria, including the purchase of Novartis' artemisinin-based combination therapy Coartem over a three-year period. The remainder of the funding will be used to scale up the national response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, purchase condoms, and provide treatment and support for children affected by the disease. Three nongovernmental organizations also will benefit from the grant, with AMREF Tanzania receiving $13.2 million to provide HIV/AIDS care and treatment, PACT Tanzania receiving $7.9 million to provide support for at-risk children and those who have lost one or both parents to the disease and PSI receiving $2.3 million to purchase condoms (Mkinga, IPP Media/Guardian, 5/14). The Global Fund has pledged $563 million in funding to Tanzania since 2002 (AFP/Yahoo! News, 5/14).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.