Diseases and Disorders Health Funding HIV and AIDS Malaria Tuberculosis (TB)

Global Fund calls for new round of proposals

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has issued a call for a new round of proposals for grant funding.

This is the fourth call for proposals. In three previous rounds, the Global Fund committed $2.1 billion over two years to 224 programmes in over 120 countries.

Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has become the world’€™s largest financier of programmes to fight the three diseases. Together AIDS, TB and malaria kill more than six million people annually and impede economic and social development in a large number of developing nations.

US Secretary of Health and Human Services, who is also chairperson of the Board of the Global Fund, Tommy Thompson, said about applications in this round: ‘€œWe are looking for proposals of the highest quality, particularly from partnerships that include the private sector and local non-governmental organisations to meet the greatest challenge of our times ‘€“ turning back the tide of these three pandemics.’€

This round of proposals comes in the wake of the World Health Organisation and UNAIDS’€™ launch of the ‘€œ3 by 5’€ initiative to provide anti-AIDS treatment for three million people living with HIV by the end of 2005. The Fund expects most applications to be related to furthering this goal.

While access to AIDS treatment is crucial, this round will also encourage ambitious, large-scale proposals to combat malaria.

‘€œA number of countries are now ready to conduct a major offensive against malaria,’€ says Dr Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund.

‘€œWe have effective tools to prevent and treat malaria. We need to spread these tools to as many countries as possible,’€ he added.

The deadline for applications is April 05, 2004. Proposals are evaluated by an independent Technical Review Panel of health and development experts. Proposals found to be of a sufficiently high standard will be recommended for funding to the Global Fund’€™s Board, which will meet at the end of June. The Fund says ‘€œover the past three rounds, about 40 % of submitted proposals have been deemed to have the technical quality necessary to be recommended for funding. And all recommended proposals have so far been funded.’€      

Updated guidelines and application forms are also available for downloading from www.theglobalfund.org/en/apply/call

Applicants unable to use the web-based version may request a CD-ROM from the Global Fund Secretariat.

Further information on the work of the Global Fund is available at   www.theglobalfund.org or contact the Global Fund Communications Officers Robert Bourgoing at [email protected] and Tim Clark at [email protected] or e-mail [email protected]

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