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The Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

The Fund is an independent, public-private partnership working to:

  • dramatically increase funding to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria
  • rapidly direct these funds to effective prevention and treatment programs, in the countries with greatest need.

The Fund seeks to accomplish these objectives by facilitating the sharing of resources and expertise across national boundaries, and between the private and public sectors.

Funding Priorities

The Fund supports prevention and treatment programmes for people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria. Proposals to the Fund must be evidence-based, technically and developmentally sound, and must demonstrate that added resources will bring results. The Fund prioritizes proposals that:

  • Focus on performance by linking resources to the achievement of clear, measurable, and sustainable results

  • Promote "best practices," funding interventions that work and can be scaled up to reach people affected by the three diseases

  • Strengthen and reflect high-level, sustained political involvement and commitment

  • Build on, complement, and coordinate with existing regional and national programmes in support of national policies, priorities, and partnerships

  • Focus on the creation, development, and expansion of government/private/NGO partnerships

  • Are developed with the participation of people infected and directly affected by the three diseases

  • Encourage efforts to make quality drugs and products available at the lowest possible prices for those in need, consistent with international laws and agreements

  • Give due priority to the most affected countries and communities, and to those countries most at risk

  • Aim to eliminate stigmatization of and discrimination against those infected and affected by the three diseases

The Road to the Fund

  • July 2000: the concept for an international funding mechanism to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria was proposed at the Okinawa G8 Summit

  • June 2001: at the urging of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and many national leaders, the concept of the Fund was unanimously endorsed at the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS

  • July 2001:

    • G8 leaders meeting in Genoa committed US$1.3 billion to the Fund

    • a Transitional Working Group (TWG) for the Fund was established, consisting of nearly 40 representatives of developing countries, donor countries, NGOs, the private sector, and the UN system

  • July 2001 - January 2002: the TWG developed guidelines for the Fund's operation, including its legal status, management structure, financial systems and general eligibility criteria

  • Late 2001: members of each of the Fund's constituencies - including donor countries, developing countries, NGOs, and the private sector - selected representatives for the Fund's Board

  • January 2002: the Board of the Fund held its first meeting (in Geneva, Switzerland) and issued the first call for proposals

  • March 2002: deadline for first round of grants; Technical Review Panel was appointed

  • April 2002: the Fund announced the first round of grants at the conclusion of the second Board meeting (in New York, USA)

The Board

The Fund's board is highly diverse, in keeping with the Fund's mission to be a broad and inclusive public private partnership. All members of the Board were chosen by their respective constituencies.

  • The Board includes an equal number of donor and developing country governments, with seven seats each. The Board also includes two NGO representatives and two private sector representatives

  • UNAIDS, WHO, and the World Bank hold ex-officio (non-voting) seats on the Board. The Board also includes a person living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, TB or malaria, also in a non-voting seat.

  • The Board Chair is Dr. Chrispus Kiyonga, Minster without Portfolio of the Government of Uganda, and the Vice-Chair is Seiji Morimoto, Deputy Director-General of the Multilateral Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan.

  • Staff support for the Fund is being provided by a small Interim Secretariat in Geneva until a permanent Secretariat is established. Most staff members of the Interim Secretariat are "on loan" from governments and multilateral agencies.


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