WHO and Global Fund sign cooperation agreement
Today WHO and the Global Fund signed cooperation and financing agreements, amounting to an estimated US$50 million, to continue the invaluable technical support to countries to fight HIV AIDS, TB and malaria, and make significant strides towards the achievement of universal health coverage.
"WHO and the Global Fund share a common mission and commitment to serve countries. These new agreements extend our close collaboration further," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. "Partnerships will continue to be critical for achieving the mission of WHO. We cannot do it alone, and rely on partners like the Global Fund to promote health – keep the world safe – and serve the vulnerable."
Specifically the agreements will underwrite WHO’s work with countries to increase access to pre-qualified medicines and other health products, develop and implement new funding applications, help find missing TB cases, improve data collection, accelerate action towards malaria elimination in 21 countries and pilot the introduction of the RTS,S malaria vaccine in three African countries.
WHO and the Global Fund have a long and successful partnership working together to scale-up HIV, TB and malaria interventions and strengthen health systems in many countries. This collaborative effort has resulted in significant reductions in the disease burdens of HIV, TB and malaria worldwide, saving millions of lives since 2002.
“Partnership is part of the Global Fund’s DNA, and together WHO and the Global Fund are a powerful force for global health,” said Marijke Wijnroks, Interim Executive Director of the Global Fund. “Working with countries and other organizations around the world, we’ll advance the fight against epidemics and help build strong and sustainable systems for health.”