THE campaign to fight tuberculosis and malaria has intensified with the signing of three new grant agreements with a combined value of $US50 million (more than K131 million).
Yesterday, Global Fund and partners signed the grant agreements that would extend to the end of 2017 for malaria and TB, including a first-time over-arching agreement for health system strengthening.
Global Fund is an organisation designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, TB and malaria epidemics. As a partnership between governments, civil society, and people affected by the diseases, Global Fund mobilises and invest nearly $US4 billion (K10.75m) years to support programs run by experts in more than 140 countries.
Financial resources provided through the Global Fund come from many donors, represented at the ceremony yesterday by Australia, the United States and European Union. The grant agreements also represent a partnership with PNG, Rotarians Against Malaria, Population Services International and World Vision who will implement this program.
The two main grants, worth $US32 million (K84 million) will be used to fund the distribution of 2.8 million mosquito nets and training of community health workers. The grants also support prompt diagnosis of malaria, strengthen monitoring and improve access to care for the country’s most disadvantaged communities.
The $US18 million grant (more than K47 million) will be implemented by World Vision and is aimed at reducing the incidence and prevalence of tuberculosis in PNG. The grant will be used to improve recruitment and retention of clinical staff and also improve access quantity drugs and laboratory diagnosis for HIV, TB and malaria.
At the signing, Global Fund executive director Dr Mark Dybul said Global Fund would continue to support PNG and brushed aside past talks that the international funder had stopped its funding.
"Today we are coming together in solidarity to support the people of PNG as they build a healthy future," Dr Dybul said at the signing.
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