The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was established in 2002, with the support of the world's leaders and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, to dramatically increase resources to fight three of the world's most devastating diseases, and to direct those resources to areas of greatest need by supporting locally-driven strategies. To date, the Global Fund has committed US$7 billion to 460 programs in 136 countries.
The Global Fund is an innovative partnership of governments, non-profit organizations, and the private sector, working together to rid the world of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. Its sole purpose is to raise funds and make grants to countries, organizations and communities that urgently need financial help to allow them to respond to these epidemics. The Global Fund continues to fund grants dependent upon proven results and targets achieved.
Many thanks to you for purchasing (RED) products: In May, $1.25 million of the first (RED) money received by the Global Fund flowed to Rwanda. This has gone towards the Rwandan Ministry of Health's comprehensive HIV/AIDS programs, mainly to provide anti-retroviral treatment for children and adults in a third of the country.
During the week of September 11, 2006, $4 million of (RED) money flowed to Swaziland. Derek von Wissell, director of National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS, described where the money will go: "First, a large portion of the money will be directed to orphans - feeding them, keeping them in school, protecting them and offering them a future. Second, some of the money will help support the treatment of people on anti-retroviral therapy. (RED) is saving lives. (RED) is helping orphans survive and giving them a better future. (RED) will make a difference."
On September 19, a further $5 million of (RED) money was disbursed to Rwanda, in response to their latest request. This funding will go towards further supporting the Ministry of Health's national treatment and prevention program.
Additional disbursements of funds will be made to these programs as they continue their lifesaving work and achieve tangible, measurable results. Also, due diligence is now being conducted to select the third (and potentially fourth) grant for the (RED) portfolio, which we expect to add towards the end of 2006/beginning of 2007.
In less than four years, the Fund has achieved some substantial results. By January 2007, Global Fund financing provided:
· 770,000 people with treatment for HIV and AIDS
· nearly 9 million people with voluntary HIV testing
· more than 1 million orphans with care and support
· 2 million people with treatment for tuberculosis
· more than 22 million people treated for malaria
· nearly 18 million families with insecticide-treated mosquito nets
The Global Fund has selected several established grants for distribution of (RED) money in Rwanda and Swaziland.
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