14 July 2017
Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria commits to making substantive financial and policy contributions to advancing the United Nation’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescent’s Health. Building on previous commitments made in 2010, The Global Fund strives to maintain or increase investments for women and children (with particular attention to girls) from the current 55% by the end of 2016. Recognizing the importance of providing them with quality health services, the Global Fund commits to maintaining at least one-third of our resources to building resilient and sustainable health systems, including investing in community workers and organizations who are often best placed to reach these populations. The Global Fund commits to a gendered approach to the provision of services by promoting gender analyses, increasing the number of countries reporting sex disaggregated data for key HIV and TB indicators, and providing support against gender based violence and any forms of gender based discrimination. Advancements for girls and women will require an intra-sectoral approach. The Global Fund commits to provide adolescent girls who are at the highest-risk to HIV integrated health and education services, and ensure comprehensive, gender responsive approaches for children and women in complex operating environments.
To date, the Global Fund has continued to invest strategically to improve the health of women and children with an increase of investments in women and girls from 46% to 55% under the first cycle of the New Funding Model. Moving forward, this focus will remain a priority. In its new Strategy 2017-2022, the Global Fund has clearly articulated strengthening reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) and integrated platforms of service delivery as key areas of work. In preparation and support of this strategic sub-objective, the Global Fund has prepared extensive new guidance for countries that will help prioritize investments in women and children both through direct disease-specific interventions for HIV, TB and malaria programming, as well through critical cross-cutting health systems interventions such as strengthening data systems to support age and sex disaggregation and strengthening an integrated approach to procurement and supply chain management for life-saving commodities for women and children. We anticipate that this will translate into an increased demand for investments in RMNCAH in the second cycle of the New Funding Model which will improve health outcomes overall for women and children.
The Global Fund, a major international channel for development assistance for health, is contributing to the improvement of maternal and child health through its support of a range of HIV, TB and malaria interventions for women and children across the continuum of care. The Global Fund is contributing to improving the health of women and children through supporting a range of high-impact HIV, TB and malaria interventions across the continuum of pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth and child care, as well as community systems strengthening and has substantially contributed to the scale-up of essential services for these populations. The Global Fund estimates that the disbursements on 12 high impact interventions that benefit women and children constitute 30% of total disbursements ($15.7 billion). In addition, another 12% of the total disbursements contribute to MDGs 4 and 5 through health system strengthening actions. The Global Fund is anticipating disbursing USD 3 billion for the health of women and children in the years 2012 and 2013, which represents about 50% of its total disbursements of USD 6 billion for that period. In addition, the Global Fund is facilitating new and innovative financing schemes in partnership with national governments in implementing countries, bilateral and multilateral partners to close specific funding gaps in interventions benefitting women and children.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is fully committed to continue supporting comprehensive programs that will promote the health of women and children. AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria account for nearly 20 percent of total deaths of women and children in resource poor countries. Through its investments in AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and Health Systems Strengthening, the Global Fund already has had a substantial impact on efforts to reduce child mortality (MDG 4) and to improve maternal health (MDG 5). The Global Fund supports a range of high-impact HIV, TB and malaria interventions for women and children across the continuum of pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth and child care and has substantially contributed to the scale-up of essential services for these populations. It is estimated that 32% of total Global Fund disbursements support services for women and children. In addition, another 12% of the total disbursements contribute to MDG 4-5 through health system strengthening actions. Following its replenishment in 2010 under the leadership of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon the Global Fund expects to disburse at least USD 11 billion over the years 2011-2013 of which USD 3.5 – 4.8 billion should benefit directly the health of women and children.
The Global Fund is committed to intensifying its contributions to maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and will continue to augment its investments in order to accelerate progress toward the health related MDGs in general and MNCH in particular. To date, The Global Fund has provided direct support to MDGs 4 and 5 with contributions of at least US$ 4.4 billion, and this figure is expected to increase substantially in the 2011-2013 period subject to the outcome of the Global Fund’s upcoming replenishment conference and Board discussion on deeper involvement in MCH.