Opportunities for RMNCH in the New Global Funding Model

28 JANUARY 2014 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

A partner in the global effort to improving progress towards MDGs 4, 5 and 6; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria has recently operationalized its new funding model for greater impact. Starting in the late 2013, the new funding model was designed to have predictable funding, to reward ambitious vision, to work on more flexible timings and with a smoother, shorter process that ensures a higher success rate of applications.

Women and children bear a heavy burden of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, which interact with and exacerbate other reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) problems. Over two million women and children die every year from AIDS, TB and malaria. In 2009, an estimated 370,000 children were newly infected with HIV, more than 90% of them through vertical transmission from their mothers. AIDS and malaria cause 10% of all deaths in children under the age of five, and are associated with around 20% of maternal deaths worldwide. TB is among the three major causes of death among women aged 15-44. Inequities relating to gender and poverty in accessing health services, as well as stigma, discrimination and denial of legal rights exacerbate the vulnerability of women and girls to these diseases and to other RMNCH problems.

The impact of Global Fund investments is important in improving the health of women and children. An integrative approach to the health MDGs is also consistent with the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which builds on the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) and other related initiatives, and offers a triple return on investments by improving progress towards MDGs 4, 5 and 6.

Background

The Global Fund is a unique global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities represents a new approach to international health financing. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts dealing with the three diseases. Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has become the main source of finance for programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with approved funding of US$ 19.3 billion for more than 572 programs in 144 countries. It provides a quarter of all international financing for AIDS globally, two-thirds for tuberculosis and three quarters for malaria.

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