Global Fund Continues Disbursements for Fighting Disease

March 13, 2003
Agence France-Presse

Uganda has received a grant of $97 million from the Global Fund on HIV/AIDS to help it intensify its campaign against AIDS and to fight Malaria and tuberculosis in the next three years.

"The funds will go toward creating a more innovative approach to fight the spread of AIDS that has killed close to a million people in Uganda," Health Services Director General Professor Fransis Omaswa said by telephone on Friday.

"Fifty-two million dollars will go to HIV/AIDS programs, while the rest will help in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis," Omaswa said.

Malaria kills up to 40,000 people every year in Uganda, while tuberculosis has become widespread due to the advent of AIDS.

Omaswa said that Toby Kasper, the manager of Global Fund on HIV/ AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, was in Uganda to finalize the deal and have talks with Ugandan government officials.

China, meanwhile, has received $54 million from the fund, the Chinese government news agency Xinhua reported.
The money will be disbursed into the national medical system over a period of five years, the news agency reported, citing a report from the China Daily. In the first two years, sums of $26 million and $3.6 million will be used to control TB and malaria, respectively.

Daniel Chin, a TB specialist from the World Health Organization, said the remaining $24.4 million will be used to continue the work if the program is implemented smoothly and successfully in the first two years, Xinhua reported.
Chin told the China Daily that a partnership between governments at all levels should be strengthened in the program since the spirit of the fund is partnership.

The China Center of Disease Control has been designated as the managing body of the fund and will supervise how the money is used, Xinhua said.

A Chinese Ministry of Health official pledged Wednesday at the inauguration of the program in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, that efforts would be made to best use the fund to treat patients, control the diseases and cut infection rates, Xinhua said.
The State Council already allocates $5 million annually to combat the diseases and the money from the fund will be a big help, the China Daily said.

The Global Fund supports myriad projects in many developing countries, including Cambodia, which in January was promised $9.98 million for malaria programs. (Additional reporting by Brian Calvert)