‘Nigeria received $400m from Global Fund in eight years’

Published 9 years ago by: Sheenor Kunley
at 07:34 AM, 22/03/2010 (9 years ago)

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An international funding organisation, The Global Fund, has, since 2003, disbursed $400m to Nigeria to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

A media officer of the fund, Marcela Rojo, disclosed this during an interview with our correspondent in Lagos on Friday during her visit to the country, she added that donor and recipient nations would meet in October in New York.

According her, the meeting is strategic for achieving the Millennium Development Goals‘ deadline, which is less than five years away.

She said, ”We have approved $800m worth of funding for Nigeria to fight the three diseases since 2003 and we have disbursed about half that amount to date (about $400m).

In a document titled, ”Portfolio of grants-Nigeria and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” made available to our correspondent by the media officer, from 2003 to date, the country requested for $669,596,261 to fight AIDS; the agency approved $229,946,468, while $142,149,242 was disbursed.

It showed that the country requested for $502,603,078 to fight malaria; $380,443,062 was approved, while $296,442,996 was disbursed.

For tuberculosis, the country requested for $63,740,481, the same amount was approved, while $35,927,023 was disbursed.

Organisations that have benefited from the GF‘s funds in Nigeria include the National Agency for Committee against AIDS; the Yakubu Gowon Centre for National Unity and Cooperation; Association of Reproductive and Family Health and Society for Family Health and the National Malaria Control Programme.

Explaining how the money was disbursed, Rojo said, ”The Global Fund works with what is called performance-based funding concept. Each of the programmes has an assessment every year on how it is being implemented.

”As you know, there are targets that the country must fulfill before being able to get more money, so disbursements are not done until we see there are results.”

The media officer also disclosed that during the meeting in October, donors would say how much they would give Global Fund.

She said, “Donors will say how much will go to the Global Fund from 2011 to 2013. Those three years are key to be able to achieve the Millennium Development Goals for 2015.

“These are important years to show results and how international aid works. That is why we are in Nigeria. Nigeria is one of the countries we have a lot of programmes.”

According to her, by the end of 2009, GF‘s programmes had saved 4.9 million lives globally. “Every day, programmes supported by the Global Fund save at least 3,600 lives, prevent thousands of new infections and alleviate suffering.”

Rojo stated that at the end of 2009, programmes financed by the Global Fund were providing antiretroviral therapy to 2.5 people living with HIV.

She also said that by the end of 2009, the organisation had provided treatment for six million people suffering from tuberculosis.

The media officer disclosed that by the end of 2009, the fund had distributed insecticide-treated nets for 104 million people.

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Sheenor at 07:36 AM, 22/03/2010 (9 years ago)
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